Vic state government commits $30 million to ARKit modular homes
The Victorian state government has committed to building 114 modular homes to provide housing for people, mostly in regional areas, who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The modular homes are to be built by Craig Chatham’s ARKit facility in Sunshine, situated in outer Melbourne.
With significant experience in modular building, and equipped with a commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, the houses include solar panels, heat pump hot water services and energy efficient appliances.
ABOVE: Craig Chatman, Director, ARKit.
The state government estimates more than 200 jobs will be created through the program, and the modular homes will assembled on vacant or underutilised land by local contractors.
A majority of the modular homes will be deliveredto the state’s west (the local government areas of Colac Otway, Glenelg, Horsham, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Warrnambool), north (Gannawarra, Mildura, Mount Alexander and Swan Hill), and East Gippsland.
The remainder will be delivered in or close to Melbourne, in the Cities of Casey, Whitehorse, and the Mitchell Shire (which includes the area near Kilmore).
ABOVE: ARKiT modular homes factory floor.
The 114 modular homes are part of the 1000 new public housing properties being delivered as part of the state’s Building New Homes to Fight Homelessness program.
The program aims to provide housing for vulnerable people in transient and emergency accommodation.
“Modular homes are addressing a need to provide housing for those who need it across Victoria, while also employing both local and non-local businesses,” Housing Minister, Richard Wynne, said in a statement.
Read Mario Posala, Studio Design Manager – ARKit, contribution to a Built Offsite forum focussed on architects and offsite construction HERE
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