Prefab dwellings fill gap in housing stock

Prefab dwellings fill gap in housing stock
Stanley Construction is currently working on new home builds for Housing NZ, adding dwellings onto the back of existing Housing NZ sites to increase housing stock.

Stanley Construction is undertaking a number of new home builds for Housing New Zealand, adding a minor dwelling unit onto the back of existing Housing New Zealand sites to increase housing stock to meet demand.
Stanley Construction is managing the entire process from design, consenting and construction through to obtaining compliance.
The company is working on projects for Housing New Zealand all over the country including in Napier where it is in the process of completing 21 two bedroom 60 square metre houses.
The time it takes for the prefabricated houses to be completed compared with a traditional build is significantly less, up to a 30% reduction in the length of the construction programme, says Stanley Construction project manager Simon Hardy who is in charge of the Housing New Zealand project.
“Our specific approach for this project has been to target ease, flexibility and speed of construction. This is paramount with regards to HNZC as we are both less impacted by adverse weather and it’s easier for tenants in existing properties.
“In addition, by manufacturing ‘in house’ we are able to control quality better, reduce material wastage and react quickly to any changes in the programme demand,” explains Simon. Houses are created off site in a factory under controlled conditions.
Stanley Modular is the only prefabricated housing company in New Zealand to produce homes in this way with exterior cladding already on the home when it is delivered to site.
The company can install a house in around eight hours on the site as foundations have already been completed and over the coming weeks finish electrical work, gib stopping, landscaping etc.
According to PrefabNZ, a standard prefabricated house build is cheaper by about 15% compared to traditional building methods.
Cost savings are attributed to standardised design, efficiencies of building in a controlled environment, certainty in both cost and time estimates and reduced time-frames due to an accelerated construction program.
Topline Contracting and Development Nous have been key partners for Stanley Group on the project, and operate on several of Stanley’s most important jobs throughout the region.
Based in Matamata, Stanley Group has its beginnings in 1927 when carpenter and joiner Tom Stanley started E.T. Stanley. Today Stanley Group comprises Stanley Construction, Stanley Interiors, Stanley Modular and Stanley Ecobuild.
The company remains a family owned and operated business and completes projects all over New Zealand. Recognising the potential and increased demand for prefabricated housing it was only recently that Stanley Modular joined forces with digital start-up Tallwood aiming to change the way New Zealand goes about building.
Tallwood uses digital fabrication processes and offsite manufacture to design and construct buildings out of engineered timber.
Simon says the merger was the result of the need for an entity that extends the value chain by providing design, manufacture and installation and one of the things Stanley Modular didn’t previously possess was a strong design resource.
He says that Stanley Modular’s expertise in delivering prefabricated buildings and the existing offsite manufacturing premises in Matamata and infrastructure are fundamental to the new entity’s ability to deliver at scale and across a wide range of projects.
The new entity is already involved in a number of projects, including The Grounds, a 42-apartment complex at Hobsonville Point. Tallwood plans to complete 500 units in its first year and can scale up to over a thousand a year immediately if needed.
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