A new steel frame modular housebuilder opened its first factory last week intending to build 5000 new homes a year within the next five years.

CoreHaus’s 20,000 sq ft factor in Seaham, County Durham, is initially employing about 20 people but expects to grow to 100 once the firm reaches its optimum production volume.

Managing director Scott Bibby said: “We already know there is interest and demand for our innovative product. The housing sector is screaming out for something that’s both affordable and incorporates high-quality design within a modular frame.”

The factory will produce light gauge steel frame homes suitable for both urban and rural environments. A variety of different elevation treatments and a modular core that can configure two to three-bedroomed homes will be manufactured.

Mr Bibby said the product differed from other modular designs because it was a combination of being part modular but with a standard engineered core.

Modern methods of construction champion Mark Farmer, who spoke at the launch, said: “I get to open a lot of factories but this one feels very different to me. The product is very different to many modular homes; it’s a hybrid modular home with its pod and panel approach.”

First homes to be in the northeast

CoreHaus has agreed to provide its first homes to Homes by Carlton’s Thorpe Thewles site in County Durham and claims to have an order book of £6m.

Mr Bibby said the firm was taking advantage of Homes England’s decision to ask strategic partners to deliver a quarter of their homes using modern methods of construction.

Brokers Hank Zarihs Associates said lenders were keen to offer property development funding to SMEs keen to explore innovation in building techniques.

CoreHaus is a partnership between public procurement platform Fusion21 and Carlton & Co, the parent company of Northeast housebuilder Homes by Carlton.

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