Dacorum Borough Council has been granted planning permission to install eight purpose-built, modular homes in Hemel Hempstead to help tackle homelessness in the area. The SoloHaus homes, which are to be installed near Aragon Close, have been provided by the UK’s second-largest privately-owned housebuilder, The Hill Group.
“We are delighted to be able to provide these energy efficient homes for people in the greatest housing need in Dacorum. The modular homes provide an independent, safe, environment for residents to take the next step into more permanent accommodation,” commented Cllr Margaret Griffiths, Dacorum Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing.
SoloHaus are specially designed, furnished and fully equipped for a single person to live in, with every detail designed to support and protect vulnerable residents. The modular solution provides suitable independent space and a safe environment for residents to adjust to more permanent accommodation. The homes are designed to Future Homes Standards, exceeding building regulations for sound insulation and energy efficiency, with electricity for each SoloHaus costing just £5/week.
The council has funded seven of the modular homes with The Hill Group adding a further unit as part of Foundation 200, a £15 million initiative by the company’s Chief Executive, Andy Hill, to donate 200 modular homes to local authorities and homelessness charities by 2025.
“We’re proud to be working with our partners Dacorum Borough Council to provide the very first SoloHaus homes in Hertfordshire, giving vulnerable individuals safe, secure homes in which to rebuild their lives,” said Andy Hill, Group Chief Executive of The Hill Group.
Purpose built in factories in the West Midlands by The Hill Group and their manufacturing partner, Volumetric Modular, each SoloHaus home arrives ready for installation, complete with furniture, cutlery, white goods, bedding, and even a wardrobe filled with clothes. Designed specifically as follow-on accommodation for vulnerable individuals, the homes are a viable housing solution for people experiencing homelessness, whilst reducing the typical expenses associated with traditional temporary accommodation.
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