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Swan’s new Basildon factory is key to delivery of modular CLT homes

A housing association is establishing a factory in Basildon, England, to manufacture modular housing components using cross-laminated timber.

Swan Housing Association took possession of the keys to its new factory base earlier this month, where it anticipates the creation of 40 new jobs, and the delivery of over 500 new homes for the borough.

Swan Group’s chief executive, John Synnuck, was joined by both the leader and the chief executive of Basildon Council for the official key exchange at the factory, after which they were also given a tour of the facility.

“At Swan we understand that the desperate need for quality new homes,” said Synnuck. “We believe that off-site construction methods will enable us to deliver these much needed homes quickly, designed to a high specification and with reduced impact on both local residents and the environment. We are excited to be early adopters in the UK of this new way of working and to be continuing our long term investment in Basildon.”

Councillor Phil Turner, leader of Basildon Council, added: “The development of this state-of-the-art factory is great news for the borough for so many reasons. Swan’s investment is creating dozens of jobs for our residents and will help ensure hundreds of high quality homes are built across Basildon borough. By working in partnership with Swan, we are already achieving great things, such as the regeneration of the Craylands Estate. This factory demonstrates Swan’s long-term commitment to the borough and we look forward to continued partnership work in the future.”

The 74,850 square foot facility in Prologic Park is considered a key milestone in Swan’s investment plans for Basildon. Once operational, it will produce high quality modular housing.

Initially these will be for Beechwood in Basildon as part of the housing association’s £100 million regeneration of the former 1960s Craylands Estate, which it is delivering in partnership with Basildon Borough Council and the Homes & Communities Agency.

The factory will generate up to 40 local jobs and support the economy within Basildon, part of Swan Group’s core geographical base. It will build local and national expertise in manufacturing and support the UK modular industry. At full capacity it will be able to deliver over 300 homes a year.

Built using cross laminated timber (CLT) Swan will deliver a high-quality, new homes under their newly created ‘NU build’ brand. Swan said it expects construction of the modular housing to launch in early summer with the first homes delivered to Beechwood in the Autumn.

Bala Mahendran, chief executive, Basildon Council said: “Swan’s decision to choose Basildon as the location for this facility is testament to the borough’s growing status as a prime location for growing businesses. Basildon Council is committed to facilitating economic growth in the area and this show of commitment from Swan is a sure sign that we are heading in the right direction. The council has built a successful and longstanding relationship of working with Swan as development partners, which I am sure will continue to thrive in the long term.”

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