Andy Cornaby

Managing Director
ModPods International

Subject: A Case Study On ‘Broadlands Housing - Webster Court’

Andy started his career achieving a City & Guilds & Advanced Craft City & Guilds in Carpentry & Joinery for Sir Alfred McAlpine's in Wolverhampton in the 80s. Andy soon gained a passion to climb the ladder and soon went on to manage a property and maintenance company in the same city before setting up his own successful business in 1994 'Response Maintenance and Building Services Ltd', trading for 14 years and creating the first hand held operational management system for field engineers with the innovative use of hand held technology, called 'ImpactRESPONSE'.

Andy has worked throughout his career in contracting, providing a range of services to the social housing and private sector. Gaining a vast knowledge and understanding of the challenges social housing face and focussing on how to further improve housing conditions and ways to ease the National Housing crisis.

That brought Andy on to joining forces with Pete Farrelly in 2017 in creating ModPods International to design and develop Modular housing pods, that combine desirable living space, exceed NDSS minimum living standards, affordable and available for occupation the same day they are sited. The journey has continued to develop a manufacturing hub in Stoneleigh Park Kenilworth with a capacity to build 800 to 1000 modules a year. 

Webster Court, Norwich

Webster Court is a project made up of six apartments with a central stair court and individual walkway balconies access the front doors.

Broadland Housing approached ModPods to adapt our Type B bungalow with a view to stacking them to form apartments. All ModPod architypes due to their hot rolled robust steel subframe can be stacked up to 8 storeys.

Working in partnership with Broadland Housing architects Ingleton Wood the project was designed with a central stair core again designed in modular construction and individual balcony walkway access a side elevation from door to each apartment.

What should have been a 21-week project has been challenged due to Brexit protocols and the worldwide pandemic, affecting the availability of materials, product choice and labour, having to adhere to Covid restrictions, National lockdown, and isolating workforce. Nevertheless, that's said the modules are almost complete and ready to leave the factory and travel the journey from Kenilworth to Norwich week commencing the 25 the of October.

Exceeding NDDS minimum space standards these six apartments are spacious and modern and reflect Broadland Housings ethos to provide quality affordable housing.

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