The British Red Cross is using UK-made timber kit homes in the Maldives as part of a post-tsunami reconstruction programme.

The organisation is using six “Disaster Relief, Relocatable or Permanent” housing kits, manufactured by Wales-based Benfield ATT, as construction site offices in the disaster area, where it is building more than 700 houses on the six worst affected islands.

The two-bedroom units, comprised of open and closed timber frame panels, come complete with foundations, double-glazed windows, ventilation, plumbing and all the tools and fixings required for erection.

Paul Tappin, Benfield ATT’s sales manager, said: “Timber frame is ideally suited to this kind of emergency-response situation. Within two weeks from order, we had the first flat-pack home containerised for shipping and heading their way.”