The increasing popularity and importance of modular housing to the property market has been underlined by a deal to manufacture hundreds of new units.
Ilke Homes has gone into partnership with Places for People to deliver 750 units for affordable and market-priced housing.
Speeds up delivery
Places for People is a placemaking organisation with a mission to build sustainable communities.
This new deal with Yorkshire-based Ilke Homes is the biggest yet in the UK's modular housing sector. Of the total of 750 units to be manufactured, 500 will go on sites already owned by Places for People with the rest for new schemes.
Modular homes, popular across Europe and in the USA and Australia, are now beginning to become the construction of choice for many in the UK.
Advanced technology means that the units, manufactured off site and then assembled on site, can help speed up the delivery of new homes. While they are being built, traditional construction work for foundations and the addition of services can take place.
Off-site construction means there is less waste on site and increased productivity, reflected in more affordable housing costs.
Ilke is also the first modular manufacturer to be fully covered by NHBC warranty, which provides insurance protection to home buyers.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse welcomed the project, saying: "This is excellent news as the UK blazes a trail in the modern methods of construction that are transforming home building."
Choice and quality
David Cowans, chief executive of Places for People, added: "Partnering with a proven modular business such as Ilke allows us to create more affordable, well-designed homes across the country, speeding up delivery, cutting cost and giving our customers unrivalled choice and quality.
"This is just the start for off-site manufacturing."