Cherwell Social Housing, Banbury, Oxon

Project: Social housing scheme | Start Date: 5 May 2017 | Completion Date: 29 June 2018

A pioneering social housing scheme for Cherwell District Council. The scheme is six dwellings of shared accommodation including two self-contained apartments for staff

Project background

Cherwell District Council required a turnkey solution to provide high quality, affordable, volumetric housing both for key workers moving to the area as well as other temporary housing needs. The scheme is on an old ambulance station site and provides six dwellings of shared accommodation including two self-contained apartments for staff. Ashley House’s subsidiary F1 Modular pre-qualified for the development via the LHC Framework, having demonstrated the company’s technical ability and quality.

What we did

The scheme was built using insulated timber floor and roof cassettes with structurally insulated panel infills. Modules were fully manufactured in F1 Modular’s factory in Newtown, Powys before being transported to site and craned into position. A trussed roof and brick cladding was installed on site.


F1 Modular ran the design process ensuring alignment with client objectives. All units were manufactured under factory controlled conditions with modules pre-fitted with electrics, plumbing, heating, doors, windows, internal finishes and flooring before being fully inspected for quality prior to transportation to site ensuring defects on-site were reduced or eradicated.

Key achievements

By providing an off-site high quality solution, F1 Modular was able to reduce time on-site and provide higher levels of environmental performance. The use of a volumetric solution enabled the Council to attract a higher rate of grant funding. F1 Modular achieved a full Premier Guarantee warranty for the scheme.


“We were looking for a modular building company that could offer a single point-of-responsibility for all design and 
construction aspects of the project, and F1M offered just that. They were procured using the LHC framework and assumed responsibility for all aspects of the project. Of the many benefits of using modular construction, an obvious one was that all significant design issues needed to be addressed early on in the process, and a design  freeze applied. This limited the number of issues that occurred during the construction phase to an absolute minimum.”
Peter Meadows, FCIOB, MRICS, Construction Team Leader Build Team, Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils


Project Partners

cherwell district council