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Duffield Place

Supported Housing Scheme

About the project

ZED PODS in partnership with Sheffield City Council have achieved planning permission to build a single storey terrace of six homes on a site off Fraser Road. The project started on site in March 2023 and is due to be completed during Winter 2023/24.

The development has been awarded the Secured by Design Gold Award. See details here.


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

Project Team

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Sheffield City Council




Principal Designer 

& Contractor

About the project

Site Location

The site is accessed on foot and vehicle from Fraser Road. The site is located within a primarily suburban neighbourhood to the South of the City. Within 500m residents will have access to local amenities such as green space, shops, restaurants and cafés. The local high street to the east and the commercial zone to the west are both within walking distance. The site is also a short walk from high-frequency bus routes.

Development Proposal

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.

The site is defined by a hard-standing surface with a brick wall along the southern boundary which retains steep ground and vegetation. The site presents views outwards to the adjacent accessible green space to the north.

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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.


Involving people with lived experience throughout the project

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.

Sheffield’s first Council homes to achieve '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

Construction off-site to minimise disruption and site installation


Project Brief Approved

Undertook Feasibility Studies

Agree on Project Budget

Prepare Project Programme


Planning Approved


 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


Architectural Concept approved, Obtain pre-application Planning Advice, Initial Cost Plan


Homes under construction in UK-based offsite factory

Summer 2023 • In Progress

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