Swedish Expertise to Bridge the UK Housing Gap

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24 Jul 2017, Jo Wells

Swedish Expertise to Bridge the UK Housing Gap

Can tried and trusted Swedish expertise play its part in fixing the UK Housing Market? SCC Member Trivselhus, an award winning Swedish house builder, certainly thinks so. As a supplier of top quality off-site manufactured buildings Trivselhus is keen to play its part in tackling the growing gap in the UK housing market.

The struggling market was identified as a priority for action in a White Paper published by the UK Government in 2017. The Paper highlights a search by the Government to boost productivity and innovation in house building by encouraging modern methods of construction, as well as the need to diversify house production with improved offsite production methods and to encourage smaller players in a market that has traditionally been dominated by a handful of big names.

Trivselhus has been supplying the UK building market with high quality off-site manufactured buildings for over 20 years and their continued commitment to the UK market is clear, as demonstrated by the opening of a new Trivselhus UK office in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2016. This year, developments of their sustainable, energy efficient homes are set to move up another gear, with new ventures already underway in Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

Sommar Place in Milton Keynes is a joint venture with one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK that is set to deliver 56 Swedish-style homes as part of an extensive new build development in the Brooklands area. And at Marmalade Lane in Cambridge, work is about to start on the city’s first ever cohousing development – a neighbourhood of privately owned homes, with shared communal facilities such as a common house and communal gardens. This ground breaking partnership between Trivselhus UK, the innovative developer TOWN and the K1 Cohousing Group is helping to meet the aims of Cambridge’s local authorities to be at the vanguard of sustainable community-led development initiatives. Designed by local Architect practice Mole, Marmalade Lane was Winner of Cambridge Environmental Awards 2016.

Trivselhus is proud of its green pedigree. Using a combination of hightech methods and Swedish traditional craftsmanship, the company is known for Climate ShieldTM, a technically sophisticated energy saving systems. Being wholly owned by Södra, a global forestry industry company that takes an ethical approach to timber production and Sweden’s largest cooperative of private forestry owners, further strengthens Trivselhus’ sustainability approach.

To be truly sustainable, the use of raw materials and energy should be as efficient as possible in every stage; from sourcing of raw materials, to the manufacturing process and the finished product.

“Södra’s ethics and sound business model ensure our credibility. The strength of the Södra/Trivselhus business family means that we are able to offer genuine opportunities for partnership working with UK companies to bring a top quality, sustainably produced product to the UK housing market,” Ken Forster, Managing Director at Trivselhus UK says.

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