Twenty years ago Andy Hill, CEO of Hill Group was made redundant, a sudden change in circumstances that illustrates how quickly someone’s luck can turn.
With the support of his family, he was able to start a business that has grown into one of the UK’s leading housebuilders. But he has never forgotten that redundancy is an issue that can lead to homelessness, and how fortunate he was not to face this.
In April 2020, at the beginning of the first UK lockdown, Hill launched the concept of simple modular units to local authorities (SoloHaus), charities, housing associations, suppliers and consultants. This prompted a very positive response. It was clear that there is high demand for a solution to the homelessness crisis, and SoloHaus is seen as being part of that solution.
This level of interest is inspiring Andy and everyone at Hill to help as many people as possible, with a desire to make the SoloHaus an effective solution for local authorities and charities alike.
Factories in Telford and Shrewsbury can manufacture and transport the homes across the country at speed. Each unit is designed with steel frames and walls using the ModulHaus technological system, which uses stell frames and walls, is claimed to provide cutting edge acoustic and thermal insulation that exceeds regulations. A single lorry can deliver a unit, which arrives ready for simple site connection and commissioning.
The first units are now in place in cities such as Cambridge.
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