Along with many places in the UK, Hertfordshire has challenging housing targets, with over 100,000 homes to build by 2036. One group of local housing providers has turned to innovative construction techniques to help speed up the delivery of new homes.
Formed of housing associations and local authorities, the consortium has announced it needs 3,500 homes built between 2019 and 2022, some of which could be delivered by an offsite manufacturing firm.
Offsite construction methods can bring a host of advantages for home builders including faster delivery, more efficient use of materials and a reduction of waste, compared with traditional house building using bricks and mortar.
Manufacturers in the offsite construction sector are being invited to set up a base in the county’s Enterprise Zone in Hemel Hempstead, meeting the need for homes and providing new jobs.
Any offsite manufacturers and their supply chain locating in the Enterprise Zone by 31 March 2022 will benefit from business rate relief of up to a total of £275k, or £55k per year for five years.
Businesses will also benefit from opportunities to work with sector pioneers BRE, who lead the national agenda for offsite construction and are keen to collaborate with new partners on research and development projects.
Investment has recently been secured to roll out an offsite construction skills education programme, based in Hertfordshire, led by BRE in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and local colleges.
The construction sector already has a strong foothold in Hertfordshire, with many major firms headquartered in the area and a strong skills base in advanced manufacturing and digital technology.
Hertfordshire is in a house building hotspot and demand for new homes isn’t confined to the county borders. The Mayor of London’s office estimates that 60,000 homes are needed every year on the edge of London and the Government has indicated that 1 million homes will be built in the Oxford/Cambridge corridor, creating huge potential for the offsite construction sector.
Read the Offsite Prospectus.
Hertfordshire's Enterprise Zone
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership led a partnership team to bid successfully for an Enterprise Zone in the county, with a focus on attracting inward investment, driving economic growth and job creation. As a result, the Enterprise Zone is expected to deliver up to 8,000 new jobs, 800 new businesses and an uplift in land values of £120m.
Its aim is to attract businesses from the agri-tech and construction sectors, through partnerships with world leading building science centre Building Research Establishment (BRE) and agricultural experts Rothamsted Research. The offer is supported by a strong skills and education base with partners The University of Hertfordshire, and access to an existing network of green and digital tech business through the Green Triangle.
Along with the Enterprise Zone’s excellent transport links, these partnerships will help deliver clusters of built and green environmental tech companies and their supply chains, plus provide space for growing businesses already in the area.
Find out more about the Enterprise Zone.