The Fightback: Foundation 200 and SoloHaus
To fulfil the ambition of Foundation 200, Hill used its home building expertise to create the SoloHaus home – the very first modular home specifically designed for the homeless.
To help create these unique single person dwellings, Hill took a 50% stake in a start up design and manufacturing business, Volumetric Modular Ltd, based in Shrewsbury to design and construct various MMC products, both for the Group and eventually for third party
In April 2020, at the beginning of the first UK lockdown, Hill launched the Foundation 200 SoloHaus prototype via webcast to local authorities, charities, housing associations, suppliers and consultants. The response was overwhelming, with demand to purchase SoloHaus homes as well as interest in Hill’s pledge to deliver 200 homes. 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 beyond the Foundation 200 pledge, with a desire to make the SoloHaus an effective solution for local authorities and charities alike.