What's new in the world of park homes?
The modern park home has everything you would expect to find in a new house - and more! Fully-kitted kitchens and bathrooms, plenty of built-in storage space, study/office area, economical central heating, super-energy efficient double glazing and carpeting usually come as standard. All these features combine to make park home living a pleasure.
On 30 November, a revised version of the British Standard for park homes became generally adopted. BS3632:2015 aims to align the park home specifications more closely with Building Regulations (to which bricks and mortar houses are constructed). NCC member manufacturers are now building to this standard. The overall result is that their new park homes will be more energy-efficient and with better sound insulation. For buyers, this means that the park home is more comfortable and cheaper to run.
Pathfinder will be launching its new Stockholm - which it promises will be dramatic - at the Manchester show at Event City in January. (Although primarily a leisure show, some residential park homes will be exhibited there.)
Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes have secured a multi-million pound investment from Praesidian Capital Europe, together with further investment from existing shareholders, the management team and the new, non-Executive Chairman. The company says it has grown significantly in recent years, but believes there is room for further development.
A new Energy Rating Scheme has been launched for park homes. This NCC Energy Efficiency Rating Scheme is designed to give purchasers of residential park homes built to BS 3632 an indication of the likely energy consumption and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions of the homes they are considering. The scheme takes into consideration the insulation qualities of the fabric of the home, the amount of energy required to heat the air passing through the home and the efficiency of the central heating and water heating equipment, as well as the energy consumed by the fixed lighting equipment.
Tingdene Homes has a visitor centre at Wellingborough where a range of its park homes and lodges can be seen. It also has an Open Day on 8 October.
Stately Albion has unveiled a subtly revamped and modernised version of its popular Goodwood park home. Internal and external changes bring the Goodwood up to date and in line with the clean and modern design of Stately’s acclaimed Woburn model.
Wessex (an Omar brand) offers a luxury, high-end park home – the Cranborne. It is described as ‘a traditional home with contemporary overtones’. The ‘L’ shaped living space incorporates a lounge and dining area in natural tones and there is a high-gloss modern kitchen and luxury bathroom.
From time to time, Lissett offers show homes for sale - to find out what's on offer and where, click here.
For details of other parks and manufacturers, see our Buying Guide.
NB Government increased the protection afforded to park home owners in England through the Mobile Homes Act 2013, which came into force in England on 26 May 2013. To read more about owners' rights see https://www.gov.uk/park-mobile-homes/your-rights-and-obligations. Similar legislation was subsequently passed in Wales, and came into force on 4th November 2013, thus increasing protection for the 3,500 mobile home residents in the region.