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CHIC this out: consortium delivers its first timber frame housing scheme in Kidderminster

A procurement consortium is using its cost-saving framework to deliver its first development of timber frame homes in Kidderminster.

Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC), a member of Re:allies strategic partnership, is working with its off-site manufacturing partners, Stewart Milne, to develop 10 new homes in the Worcestershire town.

The properties are being erected by Oakleaf Commercial Services for Community Housing Group (CHG) on a previously derelict site in the Habberley area.

The development, funded by CHG and the Homes & Communities Agency, will take less time on site to complete, reducing the impact on the neighbours and enabling CHG to move in residents sooner than if it had been a traditional build.

“We are delighted extend our framework to include timber frame homes, as they enable the production of low-cost, high quality housing,” said Chris Seeley, project manager and consultant at CHIC.

Thanks to the off-site manufacturing process, timber frame homes are faster and more predictable to build, with less wastage. The fixed price of the high-quality units also prevents unforeseen costs.

“Timber frame homes can yield significant savings – even more so when purchased through our framework,” continued Seeley. “We hope to work with more housing providers soon, as the more affordable homes we create the sooner we can end the housing crisis.”

Jonathan Perrett, operations manager of development at Oakleaf Commercial Services, said: “We are delighted to have chosen CHIC to procure our timber frame houses. The fast build time means we will be on site for a shorter duration and this will save us money in our site costs. The new homes will be environmentally friendly due to their high insulation which will result in lower fuel bills for the owners.”

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