Peel and Urban Splash are joining forces to develop 347 modular homes on Birkenhead’s docklands in a £55 million scheme.
The development is one of a trio of housing projects announced to be heading for the Liverpool City Region’s Wirral Waters site.
Peel Land and Property, the developer behind the Wirral Waters regeneration, revealed the new homes during the MIPIM international property exhibition in Cannes, France yesterday (14 March).
Urban Splash has already achieved success with modular housing through its ‘House’ concept in Manchester, and picked up the Best New Home (Large Scheme) accolade at 2017’s NWPAs.
Speaking to YM Liverpool (then Your Move) last October, the company’s co-founder Tom Bloxham also revealed Urban Splash was “working on a number of Merseyside opportunities” to bring its modular housing to the Liverpool City Region but, at the time, kept specific details of developments under wraps.
Peel us also teaming up with Belong Villages to bring a specialist dementia care village with amenities including a bistro, gym and hair salon, as well as 34 one and two-bedroom apartments to rent or by, and six households providing 24-hour support for up to 12 residents in each.
The £900m Wirral Waters One scheme to build 500 apartments has also been rubber-stamped by Wirral Council’s cabinet, paving the way for work to begin. The project includes a £100,000 investment for community activities by The Legacy Foundation.
The three housing developments are said to have been assisted by the announcement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government of a £6m Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) allocation to Wirral Waters.
Nick Walkley, chief executive of Homes England, says: “It is great to see how our partners are using government funding to significantly increase build rates on key schemes. The HIF is helping unlock strategic sites across the country for development and Wirral Waters is an excellent example of this.
“This project includes an investment in modular home construction, which along with other sites, will help stimulate demand for new ways to build homes in this country.”