In its first project under a new sole supplier framework agreement with Willmott Partnership Homes (WPH), the residential arm of construction company Willmott Dixon, Fusion Building Systems has delivered on time and on budget.
The light gauge steel frame company was contracted to work on WPH’s Sayer Court development in Royal Leamington Spa. Comprising 81 affordable homes across two medium-rise blocks containing 23 and 53 one and two bedroom apartments each and a cluster of five two and three bedroom bungalows, Fusion designed and built bespoke structures for the project at its premises in Northampton. The frame for Sayer Court’s 53-apartment block was erected in 73 days and the frames for the 33-apartment block and bungalows were up in 35 days.
Ken Millar, WPH construction manager, said: “This was the first time I’d worked with Fusion’s system and I was impressed. The frame fitted neatly into place and I’d advise others to plan well to take advantage of the quick build times facilitated through using offsite manufactured steel frame.”
Tim Carey, Willmott Dixon product director, added: “Light gauge steel frame was the ideal option for Sayer Court as it’s so much lighter than traditional construction, easing the issues which can be associated with challenging ground conditions.”
Fusion entered into a three-year sole supplier agreement with WPH in April 2016 as part of a strategy to future-proof its residential construction business. WPH currently builds 2,000 new homes each year and plans for up to half of those to be constructed using factory manufactured systems.
Mike Fairey, Fusion Building Systems director, concluded: “Our partnership with WPH is significant for our business and we’re proud to have delivered our first project to their complete satisfaction.
“Working with Willmott Dixon provides an opportunity for both parties to demonstrate how light gauge steel and offsite manufacturing will become key construction methods in the future – a message we are keen to communicate throughout the industry.”
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