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Duffield Place

Supported Housing Scheme

In collaboration with Sheffield City Council, ZED PODS has designed and manufactured a row of six self-contained residential homes designed for single occupants. Situated off Fraser Road, these single-story dwellings are constructed using ZED PODS' acclaimed low-energy modular build system, with fully fitted volumetric modules built offsite.

This project, an integral part of the Council's Stock Increase Programme, provides six move-on homes, facilitating individuals' transition to fully independent living within a timeframe of 2 to 3 years. Notably, the development has received the prestigious Secured by Design Gold Award. More information can be found here.


Client: Sheffield City Council

Location: 1-6 Duffield Place, Woodseats, S8 0DS

Building Solution: Permanent

Scope of works: Full Turnkey Service (RIBA Stage 0 – 7)

Status: Under Construction

Project Team

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Funding Supports


With funding from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Sustainability Overview

Est. Carbon Savings*: 4.1 tonnes / year

Est. Water Savings*: 53,845 litres / year


* Carbon savings calculated using SAP calculated Dwelling emission rates (DER) against the building regulations Part-L Target Emissions Rates (TER); ** Baseline water consumption based on England Compliance of 125L/person/day

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I am delighted to see the council deliver its first net zero in operation Council homes – this is an important step for the city as we continue to find ways to address the net zero challenge and reduce the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on our residents. I look forward to visiting the new homes soon, and I am particularly keen to talk to residents once they have moved in to find out more about their experience of living in these homes. It’s also great to see this project deliver much needed supported housing on a council-owned brownfield site, whilst at the same time retaining and enhancing the adjacent green space through the planting of new trees.

Councillor Douglas Johnson

Chair of Sheffield City Council’s Housing Policy Committee

Full Turnkey 


As a turnkey modular provider with inhouse architectural design and project management expertise to manage the entire design and build process. The project will see the regeneration of a cleared former garage site in Council ownership, delivering a single storey terrace of six homes.


The site is unlikely to be suitable or viable for the development of traditionally constructed Council homes due to its size and topography, as such MMC/ OSC was the preferred solution from the outset. ZED PODS specialise in bringing forward development on constrained sites that are tricky to build. Our innovative off-site volumetric construction makes these kinds of sites viable.

The Changing Futures Programme

The Council is participating in the national Changing Futures Programme (see more here) - this aims to improve outcomes for adults experiencing multiple disadvantage. From the initial stages of this project, the Council have involved people with lived experience of Temporary Accommodation and housing support services in the co-design/ co-development of all elements of this project.

The Proposal

The site is characterised by it’s sloping topography, falling downwards perpendicular to Fraser Road, with the development site sitting at a lower level from it’s access point. This makes the scheme more visually prominent from lower levels but masked by tree cover from Fraser Road.

​Development on the brownfield part of the site enables the retention of the adjacent informal green space to the north, with minimal disruption to local biodiversity. Additional tree planting and enhancements to a nearby park will also be provided

Delivering Sheffield’s first dedicated move-on homes

In common with national trends, Sheffield has recorded a significant increase in the number of rough sleeper placements to temporary accommodation. The Council has identified a significant shortfall of ‘move on’ provision (which provides a genuine home with access to individual support) - current estimates are that Sheffield needs around 50 units of one-bed move-on accommodation. Without dedicated ‘move on’ accommodation, people are typically placed in alternative provision which does not deliver the housing or dedicated support required to enable positive outcomes. 

This project will deliver six move-on homes as part of the Council’s Stock Increase Programme, enabling individuals to successful move-on to a fully independent home within 2 to 3 years. The project is supported with funding from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Net zero carbon in operation

Sheffield City Council has an ambition to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

This project will deliver the city’s first ‘net zero in operation’ Council homes – reducing running costs for tenants and supporting its ‘net zero’ ambitions.


Duffield Place consist of 6 self-contained single person residential homes built offsite from fully fitted volumetric modules using ZED PODS award winning low energy modular construction system. The ZED PODS system represents high performance fabric first approach that has evolved through years of research and development to deliver superior energy efficiency resulting in low running costs for building managers and occupants.


The homes are designed with a ‘fabric-first’ approach - walls, ceilings, windows, doors and roofs are super-insulated, achieving high levels of air tightness. The homes are all electric (no gas), fitted with heat pumps and rooftop mounted solar photovoltaic panels. This approach will ensure that 100% of carbon emissions are offset making the scheme Net Zero Operational Carbon.


The energy and environmental performance of the buildings exceed current building regulations. All Homes will be SAP A 100+ rated (‘As built’ calculations and Energy Performance Certificates).

Project Timeline

Under Construction

Estimated Completion: Summer 2024

Project Brief approved by the Council 

Undertook Feasibility Studies

Agree on Project Budget

Prepare Project Programme


 Building Regulations Application

 Construction Phase Plan


Building handed over to the Council


Residents move in


Develop Business Case

Review Project Risks

Review Project Budget

Undertook Site Appraisals


Construction off-site to minimise disruption and site installation


Architectural Concept approved by the Council and aligned to the Project Brief

Obtain pre-application Planning Advice

Initial Cost Plan


Planning application submitted

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