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26 January 2021

New modular homes development helping local people back into work

New modular homes development helping local people back into work

Where we live has never been more important to how we live. The Home manifesto highlights some of the key challenges facing the sector, with housing associations committed to working side by side with the next Welsh Government to build healthier, more prosperous, and better-connected communities, along with a commitment to meet zero carbon targets. Part of that commitment is rooted in creating more jobs and improving skills and training.

United Welsh is supporting people who have experienced long-term unemployment back into work, by employing eight trainees to join the team building new modular homes in Caerphilly. Find out more:

After a recruitment drive to support people who have experienced long-term unemployment and former military personnel to return to work, eight trainees have started on-site to help build 19 homes using the Beattie Passive modular building method.

“We are working in partnership with Caerphilly Council and Kingfisher Developments on the Cwm Ifor site, which has received funding and support from the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Fund to deliver highly insulated energy efficient homes.

“We are delighted to welcome the trainees to the Cwm Ifor site; six of whom are United Welsh tenants.

“These placements are helping local people to return to work; teaching certified, innovative skills that can be carried through into the trainees’ new construction careers.

“Passivhaus is an advanced low energy construction standard for buildings. By using high-performance insulation and making a building completely draught free, it effectively eliminates heat loss to create a building with very low environmental impact.

“As well as creating valuable new job opportunities, the Cwm Ifor development is also enabling Celtic Horizons, as United Welsh’s repairs and maintenance subsidiary, to learn new methods of construction that will help us to achieve our plans of delivering many more energy efficient homes in the coming years.”

Using a Beattie Passive Flying Factory, Celtic Horizons are building in the heart of Caerphilly, constructing Passivhaus homes in a fast, efficient way.

Modular buildings can be developed in a shorter period of time in comparison to traditional building methods, but there are also real, long-term benefits for the tenants moving in.

The homes will require little energy for heating or cooling, resulting in reduced energy bills and low carbon emissions for a greener community.
Alan Rogers, Managing Director of Celtic Horizons

Find out more about the Home manifesto here