Swan Housing Group awarded BOPAS accreditation
- Date: 24/04/2018
BLP Insurance, the specialist residential warranty and commercial latent defects insurer, announces that Swan Housing Group, one of the leading regeneration housing associations in the UK , has secured BOPAS (Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme) accreditation for their precision engineered modular CLT homes.
Swan Housing Group is the first housing association to complete the accreditation process, which evaluates and facilitates the adoption of best practice in key performance areas at each stage of project development, through concept, design, manufacture and construction. This accreditation will allow Swan to deliver high quality and affordable modular housing built in a factory setting, with the reassurance that the reliability and durability of the build meets an industry-wide benchmark.
BOPAS was jointly established by Buildoffsite, BLP Insurance, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Lloyd’s Register to provide lenders and valuers with access to a database that allows them to confirm whether a specific property has been built using BOPAS assessed modern methods of construction.
The scheme instills confidence in the construction and housing sector that offsite methods of construction should be durable and require no disproportionate maintenance for a minimum period of 60 years.
The assurance is based on the building system’s design and manufacture, having been subject to a Lloyd’s Register competency and process assessment, and reviewed for its durability and associated maintenance requirement.
Jeff Maxted at BLP Insurance said, “Developers are increasingly realising the benefits of off-site and modern methods of construction as a viable solution to delivering affordable, high quality properties at speed. BOPAS will enable Swan Housing Group to capitalise on the merits of offsite manufacturing techniques, while assuring investors and developers of the longevity of the end product through an industry benchmark for quality and durability.”
Geoff Pearce, Executive Director of Regeneration and Development at Swan Housing Group, said: "Achieving BOPAS accreditation is extremely important to us. It means we have been recognised as a manufacturer of exceptional quality, off-site precision engineered homes. This will give buyers and funders confidence that the homes we create will last at least as long as one that is traditionally built. A great number of the homes we will build will be held long-term by Swan for rent and it’s equally important to us and our future residents that they will stand the test of time."
Further information about BOPAS is available at: https://www.bopas.org
For further information please contact:
Cara Steinson, Sonam Patel or Alastair Doyle
Telephone: 020 3697 4200
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About BLP Insurance
BLP Insurance offers housing warranty insurance and commercial development latent defects insurance underwritten by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE. Our insurance is a compelling alternative to the 'traditional' 10 year new home warranty solutions and our commercial latent defects insurance product is the most comprehensive in the market. Unlike traditional new homes warranties, BLP’s insurance covers the building – not the developer – and does not ask developers to pay up front registration fees, ongoing membership fees, bonds, guarantees or deposits. For claims, only proof of damage is required not proof of liability. BLP’s cover is approved by all of the major British mortgage lenders.
We provide peace of mind for homeowners and protect their investment from the risk of undiscovered defects, because: our insurance policies are backed by an AA rated global insurer; we will have properly assessed the build project from design through to workmanship on site, to help minimise the chance of future defects; and if a defect does arise the homeowner won't have to prove who is to blame, just that there is a defect.
We have been providing construction insurance since 1989, trading as BLP since 1999. We are owned by Thomas Miller, a world class insurance services business at the forefront of the insurance industry for over 125 years. BLP Insurance is regulated by the FCA.
About Swan Housing Group
Swan Housing Association was first formed in 1994. Swan celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2014 and continues to provide high-quality affordable homes to rent and buy. Today, Swan operates in East London and Essex and locally manages over 11,000 homes, with a secured development pipeline of over 6,500 homes to be delivered using both traditional and offsite construction by Swan’s in-house developer NU living.
Swan’s mission is to “deliver effective services, enterprising solutions and exemplary homes and communities".