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UK’s first 3D printed housing development set for Lancashire

by Sion Geschwindt

Plans for the first housing development in the UK to be built using 3D construction printing (3DCP) technology have been unveiled.

The £6m scheme, to be built in Accrington, Lancashire, will house homeless veterans and low-income families in 46 eco homes that can each be ‘printed’ in weeks.

The Charter Street project is being developed by Building for Humanity, a UK based not-for-profit housing provider.

It will be the largest 3DCP residential project in Europe once completed.

The development will provide 46 eco homes

“Our social purpose model is redefining how affordable homes are constructed and delivered – maximising human well-being and fulfilment over profit,” Building for Humanity said in a press release.

The developers say the scheme is based on a shared belief that 3DCP technology can make the construction of homes more affordable, sustainable and efficient.

The delivery of the Charter Street project is being supported by Harcourt Technologies Ltd (HTL.tech).

Harcourt Technologies (HTL.tech) are a leading provider of 3DCP technology in the UK and Ireland.

HTL’s team, comprising of architects, engineers, material scientists and construction technologists, has been quietly developing and testing the technology over the past 18 months in preparation for its commercial roll-out in both the UK and Ireland.

The development will include a community centre and training hub

In addition to the development of 46 eco homes, which will be a mix of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments and 3 and 4-bedroom houses, the plans also include a community centre and training hub, as well as private and communal gardens.

Scott Moon, founder of Building for Humanity, said: “We are delighted to be working with HTL.tech and using this technology to deliver truly affordable housing that has the potential to revolutionise affordable housing across the UK.

“Our aim is to ensure quality housing is accessible to everyone through our unique affordable housing model. The model is simple, to create a charitable housing institute that is driven by human fulfilment and wellbeing rather than profit.

“All surplus profits go to our chosen charity partner, Homes for Humanity, meaning it goes into the community to provide housing, support and training. Ultimately this development is about so much more than housing, it is about people and giving them the opportunity to thrive.”

The technology underwent testing at Accrington and Rossendale College (credit: Building for Humanity)

Justin Kinsella, CEO of HTL.tech, added: “HTL’s core objective is to develop the use of 3DCP to create less wasteful and more sustainable building solutions which harness the benefits of advanced manufacturing technology to provide affordable, higher quality structures, faster and more reliably and in an environmentally beneficial manner.”

In preparation for the Charter Street Project, HTL has been working at a R&D facility at Accrington & Rossendale College (main image).

Working in collaboration with Harcourt Architects and structural engineers, Lindsay Baxter Design Ltd, they have successfully developed the application of the technology to be compliant with UK building regulations.

The Charter Street development is scheduled to be completed within half the time of traditional construction methodologies.

Main image: L-R: Justin Kinsella, CEO of HTL.tech, Andy Parkin, Assistant Principal (Adult Learning) Accrington and Rossendale College, Scott Moon, Founder of Building for Humanity.

What is 3D Construction Printing?

3D construction Printing (3DCP) refers to various technologies that use 3D printing as a core method to fabricate buildings or construction components.

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