Modular housing company ilke Homes is to deliver 25-factory built affordable homes to Wellesbourne in Warwickshire on behalf of Orbit Homes.

This is the first deal of this wider partnership and it will see ilke Homes deliver superstructures with Orbit managing on-site development. Orbit creates and builds diverse, multi-tenure developments throughout the Midlands, East and South East of England. It has opted to use modern methods of construction (MMC) due to the significant speed, quality and energy-efficiency benefits that offsite manufacturing delivers.

Orbit are also increasing its procurement of modular housing, following on from a successful scheme in March, with ilke Homes being the first modular housing partner for it.

This new deal marks ilke Homes’ first development within Warwickshire and follows on from recent Midlands schemes including development in towns such as Beeston and Arnold in Nottingham. The company has now ramped up its presence in the Midlands. As well as this, it has also seen new offices open in Birmingham, London and Bristol, in addition to its Knaresborough office.

The houses are to be manufactured at ilke Homes’ factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and they will be completed at the Wellesbourne site. Groundworks are expected to commence in August 2020, with the first home to be delivered in October 2020.

Andrew McDermott, Managing Director for Orbit Homes in the Midlands, said: “Ensuring our homes are good quality, affordable and safe is key for Orbit and we are keen to reduce our carbon footprint through the use of modern methods of construction. We see modular housing as an important part of the future of housing in the UK and are excited to work with ilke Homes as our first partner.

Over 80% of Orbit Homes are rated EPC C or above and we continue to look at ways in which we can provide housing that reduces our impact on the environment and provides our customers with energy efficient homes. Modular Housing assists us to deliver against our environmental objectives whilst continuing to provide high quality homes.”

The deal follows ilke Homes’ partnership with Stonewater, which will see the delivery of 120 factory-built affordable homes to Hereford in a £23m deal.

Matthew Bench, Executive Director of Partnerships at ilke Homes, said: “Scaling up the country’s delivery of affordable housing is clearly crucial, but more than anything it is about speed, quality and partnering with forward thinking housebuilders such as Orbit. This scheme will be delivered in roughly half the time of traditional construction, and with the homes precision-engineered in our Yorkshire factory, they will benefit from superior air tightness and energy-efficiency.

“The government has placed an increased emphasis on the reduction of carbon emissions and sustainable design and construction of new homes. By using MMC, we are able to deliver homes that are already some of the most sustainable in the country. It is testament to this fact that Orbit Homes has now taken a strategic step-change as it embraces modern methods to deliver much-needed, energy-efficient affordable housing.”

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