TopHat partners with Together Housing to deliver ultra-low carbon modular scheme

TopHat has teamed up with Together Housing to create 41 modular homes in Shadsworth, Blackburn — marking the first time the housing association has opted to deliver a scheme using factory-built housing.

The deal will see TopHat bring an initial 10 timber-framed modular homes for the housing association, with a further 31 scheduled to be delivered as part of the project’s second phase. 

The site has already been granted full planning permission by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

TopHat will precision-engineer the homes along production lines at the group’s 140,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Foston, Derby, and transported to site once complete. 

Every home will be net zero-carbon, achieved through building fabric and the incorporation of low-carbon technologies, such as solar panels and battery storage. 

These efficiencies mean that all the homes being delivered by TopHat for Together Housing are expected to have an EPC rating of ‘A’.

Modular housing promises to offer a solution to sky-high energy bills and the lack of housing stock by delivering high-quality, energy-efficient homes faster than traditional housebuilding methods. 

Andrew Shepherd, managing director at TopHat, said: “TopHat’s partnership with Together Housing will quickly ramp up the delivery of highly energy-efficient homes for members of society that are most exposed to the cost of living crisis.   

“We look forward to delivering this initial scheme for the people of Blackburn.” 

Caroline Grosvenor, group director for place shaping at Together Housing Group, added: “Delivering high-quality new homes on our estates with minimal disruption to our residents is an essential element of our Placeshaping programme.  

“We are thrilled to see this partnership develop as we continue to invest in our local communities.”   

TopHat is due to start installing the homes from March 2024.

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