Work to begin on Scotland’s largest social modular housing development

SCOTLAND’S largest social modular housing development is to be delivered by Autumn 2022, South Ayrshire Council has announced.

The £9.8 million project is being delivered by Irvine Housing Association and Connect Modular, a division of The Wee House Company.

Work is due to begin later this month on the site at Kilmarnock Road in Dundonald. The first phase will bring 63 brand new affordable homes, forming part of the overall 250-strong property development at the site.

The Wee House Company specialises in modular construction, all homes in the project will be designed and fabricated in their Ayrshire factory. The houses will be 90% complete when they depart the factory with kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing and electrics installed – which facilitates a shorter build programme and earlier occupancy.

The Wee House Company’s manufacturing facility

Jennifer Higgins, managing director of The Wee House Company, commented, “We’re thrilled to be working with Irvine Housing Association to create such an innovative housing development. The use of modular construction improves build quality and means homes will be available for occupancy earlier. Irvine Housing’s willingness to embrace this evolution in construction has been key to the scale of the project. We are delighted that they have partnered with us, a Scottish manufacturer, to provide Scotland’s largest modular affordable housing development.”

Paul Hillard, managing director of Irvine Housing Association, added, “This is a really exciting development for us – our first in South Ayrshire and our first modular housing project – and we’re delighted to be partnering with the Wee House Company to deliver these much-needed, innovative and greener new homes for our tenants.

“We believe it’s important to keep delivering greater capacity to meet social housing demands across Ayrshire, through projects like this that offer good value for our customers and can be delivered efficiently while keeping the standard of homes very high. We look forward to welcoming customers into their new homes.”

Councillor Philip Saxton, housing and community wellbeing portfolio holder for South Ayrshire Council, added, “This is fantastic news for Dundonald and South Ayrshire, as we look to expand affordable housing. We will be able to allocate all 63 of these homes to people on our housing waiting list, I look forward to the start of works.”