March 6, 2021

Urban&Civic and leading modular house builder TopHat launch Civic Living at 6,200-home Houlton development

Urban&Civic has launched Civic Living, a new range of contemporary modular homes, with leading modular house builder TopHat at its 6,200-home Houlton development in Warwickshire.

Under the agreement, TopHat will deliver 38 homes for sale as part of the first phase of development at Urban&Civic and Aviva Investors’ Houlton site, east of Rugby.

In line with Houlton’s focus on eco-living and sustainability, the homes will be highly sustainable, delivering significant improvements in energy efficiency over current building standards.

The homes will be manufactured in single-storey modules at TopHat’s factory in Derby, before being transported to Houlton in January, with on-site assembly expected to take a matter of days.

Civic Living will join Houlton’s four premium housebuilders, Davidsons Homes, Redrow Homes, Morris Homes and Crest Nicholson, which are already offering a selection of three, four, and five-bed homes on site. 

With a host of amenities already available to residents, including its first primary school St Gabriel’s, award-winning eatery The Tuning Fork, community centre The Barn, state-of-the-art adventure play park and acres of outdoor space, nature trails and cycleways, the newest addition means even more homeowners will be able to enjoy the idyllic lifestyle Houlton offers.

Committed to creating communities with quality homes, first-class facilities and extensive outdoor spaces, Urban&Civic will also deliver a wide range of additional amenities on site, including a secondary school opening this September, a further two primary schools, a nursery and a convenience store.

Set within 1,200 acres of open space, Houlton is a joint venture between master developers Urban&Civic and Aviva Investors and will eventually feature 6,200 new homes, as well as a host of on-site facilities and expansive green infrastructure.  

Mike van den Berg, Senior Development Manager at Urban&Civic, said: “Through our role as master developer at Houlton, we are dedicated to bringing a range of different housebuilders onto our site, to provide people with high quality homes in a variety of tenures and styles. The addition of Civic Living to our already impressive portfolio of housebuilders will further diversify the choices at Houlton – especially to those looking for contemporary, low-carbon homes.  

“We are proud to be a highly sought-after development at Houlton, setting a new standard in the area for quality of life, extensive green spaces, community facilities and amenities as well as the unrivalled connectivity to key commuter routes that Rugby is known for.

“We look forward to welcoming Civic Living to the site and sharing further details of the exciting partnership in the near future.” 

Andrew Shepherd, managing director at TopHat, said: “We are delighted to partner with Urban&Civic to launch Civic Living and to showcase how the use of high-tech modular construction can support the delivery of large-scale, nationally-significant urban extensions such as Houlton.

“In line with the ethos of this exemplar development, Civic Living will create beautifully-designed factory-built homes for Houlton’s growing community that will be modern, highly energy efficient, and will embody the best qualities of open space living.”