A NEW construction technique which uses pre-fabricated rooms to create flats is currently under way in Hayes.
The method is being used by Paridigm Housing to provide 24 flats in Birchway as part of a development which is due for completion in July.
Liz Turner, a spokeswoman for the housing association, said: "It's really quite interesting to see the way it's built.
"The rooms look like giant shoe boxes which are lifted by a crane and stacked on top of one another.
"The kitchens, for example, came in two pieces and were then joined together, but you would never know that when you see the finished room."
The pre-fabricated rooms are built in a factory in Northampton.
She added: "It's a much more efficient way of building homes because it reduces the impact on the environment, and it means there is less disturbance to residents as there isn't a building site there for a long time.
Rebecca Clark, project manager for the Birchway development, says: "The Government's strategy for housing includes all new homes to be carbon neutral by 2016.
"That's still seven years away, but Paradigm is committed to developing sustainable homes and communities that have minimal impact on their environment.
"We hope that the success of the scheme will be a driver for future eco developments."