Abri to deliver MMC housing scheme in Somerset

Abri will deliver 123 modular homes at Brue Farm in Highbridge in Sedgemoor in partnership with Keepmoat Homes and ilke Homes.
Ilke Homes installing modular units on a development site in Hull. Credit: ilke Homes

The South West housing association Abri has announced a new development in Somerset which will be built entirely using modern methods of construction.

Abri, the 35,000-home landlord formed from the merger of Radian and Yarlington Housing Group, will build the 123 affordable homes at Brue Farm in Highbridge in Sedgemoor.

The homes will be built in partnership with national housebuilder Keepmoat Homes and modular housebuilder ilke Homes on land provided by Homes England.

Gary Orr, group chief executive at Abri, said: “This new development perfectly aligns with our commitment to significantly increase our new home development programme by applying MMC methods.

“Thanks to collaboration with Homes England, Keepmoat Homes and a renowned modular housebuilder in ilke Homes, we’re able to provide high quality, affordable homes for the local community.

“Offsite manufacturing offers many advantages which is why we’re building more homes in this way. Not only can we reduce the impact on the environment, improve energy efficiency for customers but we’ll also significantly accelerate the supply of affordable homes that are needed.”

The development will feature a mix of two-, three-, and four-bedroom houses, all of which will be affordable. 60 homes will be made available for affordable rent and the rest for shared ownership.

The homes will be built using a modular system, with entire parts of the home built offsite and delivered to location to be placed on the foundations.

The homes will be built at ilke Homes’ 250,000 square foot factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Highbridge.

Dan Haines, regional director at Keepmoat Homes said: “Keepmoat Homes are delighted to be working in partnership with Abri to deliver Brue Farm as a 100% affordable housing scheme.

“The scheme will deliver 123 off-site manufactured, fully volumetric affordable homes to help address housing need in Sedgemoor.”

Dave Sheridan, executive chairman at ilke Homes, said: “It’s great to reach this milestone at Brue Farm. Thanks to our accredited, digitally-led method of delivery, the homes at Brue Farm will undergo rigorous quality checks, meaning they are a joy to live in from day one.

“Our precision engineering techniques, as well as our utilisation of the latest technology, also means that the homes will be some of the most sustainable in the country as we’re able to model the energy performance of each.

“The scheme in Highbridge, Somerset, is proof that modular is more than just delivering homes – instead, all about creating communities that promote wellbeing and the highest quality of living at affordable prices.”

Brue Farm continues Abri’s development in Sedgemoor. The social landlord recently delivered 17 homes in Burnham-on-Sea and plans to build 37 affordable homes in Bridgwater.

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