HOUSEBUILDER Hill is donating 200 homes worth more than £12 million to help give homeless people a place to live.
The firm’s Foundation 200 initiative launched this month with the first “turnkey” home, in a joint venture with the Marshall Group, at Hill’s new Marleigh community in Cambridge.
The prototype home, built using modern methods of construction, can be craned into place within 30 minutes. It will be replicated at other Hill sites, and the firm said fifteen councils have already expressed an interest in the company’s product.
CEO Andy Hill said: “In these increasingly uncertain and challenging times, we must ensure that the most vulnerable parts of society are safe and protected.
“There is now a real urgency to provide the hundreds and thousands of homeless people across the UK with the security and safety of their own home.
“As well as being a matter of public health, it is also a matter of public decency and morality, and we are proud to be working towards rehoming the homeless and creating a blueprint for delivery which others can follow.”
The home was launched virtually through a live webcast event, which was attended by more than 300 people from across the property industry.
It included a video walk-through of the home and presentations from regional director, Tom Hill, and director, Emma Fletcher, as well as a live Q&A.
Emma Fletcher, lead for the delivery of the Foundation 200 homes, added: “We are currently speaking to 15 councils across our operating area about potential locations for our modules and we hope to have the first sites completed in the summer.
“The prototype has demonstrated that our design can be produced on time and to budget, and, with some final design tweaks, we can start to get full scale production of these properties underway.”
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