Ghana latest market for Limavady firm's modular housing
A Northern Ireland firm is using its modular housing products to help alleviate the problem of a shortage of properties in Ghana. FastHouse, which is based in Limavady, Co Londonderry, is also moving to secure mass housing and infrastructure related projects across Australia, Africa and the Middle East.Ghana has sought international help in delivery and finance as the Government works to address a significant housing shortage with a shortfall of 1.7 million units.
FastHouse has now started a joint venture with Tradezone International Ghana Ltd to utilise its offsite construction technology to manufacture housing from its Limavady facility, before being transported to Ghana for assembly.
John Arnold, FastHouse's international sales and marketing manager, said: "We are actively exploring opportunities for expansion into markets from North Africa to Australasia.
"Ghana, as one of the more stable nations within the West Africa region, has provided us with an opportunity to develop and grow our offering for customers.
"Our manufacturing process improves health and safety standards, reduces waste and improves quality."
The firm says its 'rapid building' system "reduces completion times by an average of 70%".
Dr Forster Sarpong, chief of Tradezone International, said: "We have been very impressed with this rapid build system of house construction and see great advantages for the Ghana market."