VIDEO: Calls for SpineLock building site to be cleaned up

A councillor is calling for an abandoned building site in Mansfield to be ‘sorted out’ after the award-winning housing firm behind the project went out of business.

Work began late last year on the site on old bowling green site off Westfield Lane by revolutionary house-building company, SpineLock, but has since been left.

The company, based on Crown Farm Industrial Estate, made super energy-efficient pre-constructed homes that were meant to be built in the factory, and then pieced together on site.

They had been given planning permission to build 18 homes on the land.

But ward councillor, Dennis O’Neill told Chad this week: “I’m very concerned about it, I’ve had people who live near there complaining about it, it wants sorting out.

“I welcomed it when it when they started work, I went to see the house they had built on Crown Farm and thought it was marvellous.

Coun Dennis O'Neill

Coun Dennis O'Neill

“I couldn’t believe it when they went under because I thought it was a brilliant idea.

“It’s just been left and it looks terrible, it used to be a nice bowling green and people weren’t happy when that went, and now this with the company going out of business.”

The pioneering house-building idea was the brainchild of the firm’s CEO Derrick Wilson, who said the principle was to construct each home in separate sections, before being slotted together using a panelised interlocking ‘cassette’ system, which has been developed over several years.

The sections were then to be assembled on site using a unique aluminium locking system, pulling the structure together.

They were each built with mod cons fixed in place in the factory, and SpineLock were charging £159,000 for a three-bedroom house. They promised they would be 39 per cent larger than an average three-bed home.

Mr Wilson also claimed the homes would be use a fraction of the energy needed to power a standard home thanks to an integrated rainwater harvesting system, roof-top solar panels and low-energy underfloor heating.

The homes could be clad in brick or wood-effect plastic paneling, to make them look like standard homes.

Mansfield District Council gave permission to build on the land and bulldoze an old bowling pavilion. The building still stands, but the land has been turned over. It remains fenced off.

The council says that planning permission will remain, if another firm was to step in wanting to build.