Boots selects developer for UK’s largest low-rise modular home scheme

ilke Homes will create a "model village" of 622 modular homes at a 43-acre site close to Boots' UK headquarters in Beeston, Nottingham.
An artist's impression of ilke Homes' proposed 622-home scheme in Beeston, Nottingham.

The British health and beauty retailer Boots has selected modular housing company ilke Homes to deliver the UK’s largest low-rise modular housing development.

The deal will see ilke create a “model village” of 622 homes at a 43-acre site close to Boots’ UK headquarters in Beeston, Nottingham, subject to reserved matters planning consent. The site forms part of the 286-acre Nottingham Enterprise Zone.

ilke said it was selected by Boots for the scheme due to the “exemplary design proposals, speed of delivery, and the sustainability credentials of factory-built volumetric homes”.

The announcement marks the first time that Boots has released any part of its Nottingham site holdings for housing, with the site having been allocated for residential development since 2014.

Mark Chivers, director of estates for Boots UK, said: “We are delighted to partner with ilke Homes to develop this site to provide high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient housing for people in the local area.

“Because of the historical significance of this site and everything it represents in terms of our company heritage it was vital that we find the right partner. I am pleased that the site will be put to good use and look forward to seeing a thriving community emerge there in the coming years.”

Founded three years ago, ilke Homes works with local authorities, housing associations and developers across the UK to deliver housing for a variety of tenures. It currently has a pipeline of over 3,000 homes.

In 2019, the company entered into a £100 million joint venture with 200,000-home landlord Places for People, the largest deal so far for Britain’s modular housing sector. It also received a £30 million investment from the government’s housing agency Homes England.

The proposed scheme will become ilke Homes’ flagship scheme, delivering 505 houses and 117 apartments which will all be manufactured at its 250,000 square feet factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

All 505 houses will have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least B, making them more energy-efficient than 92% of all new-builds in the UK. It is expected that the homes will be able to run on as little a £1 a day.

ilke says the scheme will be designed by architects HTA Design to maintain the area’s “existing campus feel and integrate sympathetically into the surrounding area”, which includes the Beeston Canal and the River Trent meadows.

ilke will act as a “turnkey” developer on the project, managing the entire development process from securing the land detail and gaining planning permission to developing the site and delivering the homes.

A reserved matters planning application for the scheme will be submitted to the relevant local planning authorities soon.

Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “This site represents a truly special opportunity to create a unique and sustainable housing development within the established Nottingham conurbations.

“The site is steeped in rich heritage and has been a central part of Boots’ success story over the last few decades, so we are incredibly excited for the opportunity to work alongside Boots, HTA Design, and the local stakeholders at both Broxtowe Borough and Nottingham City Councils to truly transform this redundant industrial space into a well-designed new community and provide better homes in a better way.”

Image: An artist’s impression of the proposed 622-home scheme at Beeston, Nottingham. credit: ilke Homes.

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