NEW units which will provide temporary accommodation for homeless families in Reading have been delivered and are now being installed.
A development of 28 self-contained modular homes is being created in Lowfield Road, Caversham Park, for households who would otherwise be staying in bed and breakfast accommodation.
Contractors Morris and Blunt Ltd have been on the former mobile home site along with the utility services preparing the land for the delivery of the units.
Each accommodation unit is timber clad, contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen-diner and a living room and has UPVC windows and doors.
The modular homes were manufactured in Hull by Space Projects UK Ltd and were delivered with an escort through Reading over the last week. They will be installed and furnished over the coming weeks. The first families should start to occupy the homes in January 2018.
Cllr John Ennis, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Housing, said:
“I am really pleased to see the units arriving in Lowfield Road and look forward to welcoming families to the site early next year.
“This development will reduce the number of families requiring emergency accommodation being placed in bed and breakfasts and provide them with a comfortable and well-equipped temporary home.
“Not only will this be much better for the families involved, it will also save the Council money in the long run.”
The innovative Lowfield Road scheme is one of a number of projects the Council is implementing to tackle the housing crisis in Reading.
Other schemes include the construction of 57 permanent Council homes in Conwy Close, Tilehurst, the creation of a wholly-owned housing company called Homes for Reading and close working with private landlords through initiatives such as the Rent Guarantee Scheme.
In July, the Council also agreed a £20m house building programme which will deliver up to 100 new affordable homes.