“The modular panels are built in the German factory to very exacting standards, using wood from sustainable sources. This project is at the cutting edge of modern methods of construction and it’s been a great experience to learn more about the approach and see it in action on site.”
Modular Construction is becoming more popular as the days go by. This article features a construction company from the UK that paired up with a manufacturer from Germany to build houses and build them quickly!!
Seddon teams up with German manufacturer to build new homes ‘in hours
By: Jon Land
A Stoke-on-Trent construction company has joined forces with a German manufacturer to deliver the latest innovation in building techniques at a site in the city – creating new homes built in hours.
Under a partnership between Seddon Construction and specialist off-site manufacturer Streif, flats have been built at the new North Staffs YMCA Young Persons’ Village in Hanley, through an off-site construction process.
In just four weeks, 30 flats have been built over three floors on the site, to the highest green standards.
The process began with the manufacture of the flats at Streif’s factory in Weinham – before a team of workers from the company then joined forces with Seddon in Hanley to erect the major structure.
Despite language barriers – an interpreter was needed to aid communication between both parties – the team worked without a hitch, delivering each flat in just 4.5 hours.
The approach is one of a number of innovations introduced at The YMCA Young Person’s Village to ensure the development is built with sustainability in mind.
As part of the process, Seddon Construction’s chairman Stuart Seddon made a trip to Weinham last year to find out more modular building. His son Joe – currently completing an apprenticeship at Seddon Construction – then undertook a week-long training programme at Streif to understand more about the concept, joined by Dean Parkes, an apprentice maintenance worker at North Staffs YMCA.
Joe said: “I had a really interesting time and was able to bring a lot of knowledge back to the site.
“The modular panels are built in the German factory to very exacting standards, using wood from sustainable sources.
“The wood is then insulated and clad, windows and doorframes fitted, and electrical sockets and letterboxes cut out.
“These panels were delivered to Hanley, and put in place during 650 lifts with a 55 tonne crane. Due to the fact the structure went up so quickly we could put a roof on at an early stage, making the building watertight and alleviating the usual weather concerns we face on site.
“This project is at the cutting edge of modern methods of construction and it’s been a great experience to learn more about the approach and see it in action on site.”
With the structure in place, the Seddon team are now carrying out the second fix. The precise nature of the scheme means ceilings and doors are fitted and correct to within one millimetre.
Tony Cameron, site supervisor for Strief, said: “All has gone very well with no problems. The work has been completed on time and ran smoothly.
“We had great assistance from the team at Seddon. We have given them a great product and in return they have provided us with good facilities and health and safety. I have never been to such a clean site.”
Rodney Leake, Seddon Construction’s site manager at the YMCA Young Persons’ Village, said: “I have not worked on this type of modular building before and it has been a fantastic experience.
“This approach has considerable green benefits. As the preparation work is all done off-site there is virtually no waste to deal with and as the panels are solid, insulated and airtight, so there is little heat loss.”
Danny Flynn, CEO of North Staffs YMCA, said: “We are very excited to be working with Seddon Construction and Streif. The build process has been amazing to watch, the speed on construction literally took our young customers’ breath away.
“The buildings were constructed in 28 days, and as they begin to reach completion the quality of provision is already being commented upon by customers and partners.”
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