With growing housing shortages in major cities, especially for young people and those in need, we are nowhere near the estimated requirement of 300,000 homes a year. And of the new houses being promised in election manifesto’s up and down the country, how many will be as robust and durable, rapidly built to meet demand and be cheap to run?
ZED Pods has a growing number of projects about to start and this first project is for Bristol Council. The Scheme has won the prestigious Inside Housing’s Best Approach to Modular Construction award. The houses are to be created above Chalk’s Road car park on behalf of Bristol Council.
ZED Pods win is due to their approach to creclaiming more urban areas with housing built above car parks and hard-standings outside the development plan where conventional construction won’t work. These precision built volumetric modular construction homes will improve quality for occupants as well as halving the time of traditional construction.
Dr Rehan Khodabuccus, operations director of ZED Pods, says: “Housing associations and councils are now realising that they can build high quality houses in a fraction of the time it takes to build traditional developments. Good modular houses are now seen as ‘precision made manufacturing products’, guaranteed to meet the highest possible environmental and quality standards. They also offer endless design possibilities and configurations for studios, one, two, or three-bedroom homes. But these are not just quick, short-term solutions. The are real, high-quality homes built for lifelong living.”
“Our Pods are built to standards which exceed fire regulations and sustainability criteria. They’re externally insulated and triple glazed and will last at least as long as a standard timber-framed house, so we’re really happy our ZED Pod technology has helped Bristol Council win this important award on the night,” Khodabuccus concluded.
Each unit is precision-made in a factory environment to high environmental standards and comes with full BOPAS (Build off-site Property Assurance Scheme) accreditation. The houses are plastic-free in their insulation, cladding, interior walls and flooring and the walls and roofs use cross laminated timber.