North East firms link up to promote timber eco-house

NORTH East companies have signed an agreement that will help bring an eco-friendly £80,000 home to the mass market.

NORTH East companies have signed an agreement that will help bring an eco-friendly £80,000 home to the mass market.

Cramlington-based bathroom pod manufacturer Badekabiner Ltd has agreed to make bathrooms for Newcastle-based architect _space group as part of its timber-framed, modular homes project.

The Spacehus is currently in development by _space as a home which can be bought for £80,000. The parts are assembled off-site and then transferred to a plot of land, where they will be assembled by _space as a three- bedroom house.

As well as representing a cheap alternative to hard-up house hunters, the houses will include a variety of energy-saving features, including solar panels and insulation, with energy costs expected to be significantly reduced.

_space, which will source most of the materials from Sweden, said the project had been delayed as a result of the weak housing market, but said that it hopes to assemble the first property here in the North East by the end of the year. It is also currently designing a smaller three-bedroom Spacehus, as well as a two-bedroom version.

_space group chief executive Rob Charlton said: “We are delighted to be working with Badekabiner on truly bringing Spacehus to the consumer market. Their expertise on bathroom pods will be of great benefit to us and their experience in the market already makes our two businesses a natural fit.

“We are also pleased we can support business in the North East and encourage regional growth.”

Badekabiner managing director Mike Hampton said: “We were inspired to work with _space group after initial meetings with Rob Charlton who impressed us with the company’s vitality and vision for offsite manufacture.

“_space group are wonderfully creative and open-minded, but they have the ability to think business as well as design, which was also something that appealed to us.”

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