Fibo innovative wall panels are being used in a new modular build development in Widnes for Halton Housing. Offsite specialist Simply Modular is building four of the eight houses in an initial trial, which aims to demonstrate the value of modular construction. The total time for the build of all four 2-bed properties is sixteen weeks, with onsite foundations and factory assembly completed in May.
Fibo’s Traditional range of wall panels are being used for kitchen splashbacks and shower areas. “I first saw Fibo at the CIH Housing Show in Manchester last year,” comments Allan Foster, Technical Director of Simply Modular. “We’d only used ceramic tiles before, as wall panels in general have a lot of catching up to do on quality: but Fibo is far superior. The panels are absolutely brilliant in terms of the time and skillset required for installation, and the quality is there too, with a good choice of finishes and colours.”
The houses will be used as affordable rental properties. Scott Beattie, Managing Director of Fibo UK says: “We’re delighted to work with Simply Modular on this innovative project. Factory construction is less dependent on finding good tradespeople and as fitting Fibo panels doesn’t require tilers - just good carpentry skills - they are ideal for this kind of project.”
Allan adds: “The short build time means Halton can rent the properties out (and house its residents) much quicker compared to traditional construction methods, and there’s far more control over the quality and consistency of the build. The potential for Halton Housing - and indeed social housing in general - is huge.”
For more information on the modular build trial for Halton Housing visit www.haltonhousing.org. For further details on Fibo’s innovative, precision-engineered wall panels go to www.fibo.co.uk