The North East housing association Karbon Homes has launched 17 new modular homes in Darlington.
The 30,000-home landlord has invested £2.7 million into purchasing the homes, which form part of Keepmoat Homes’ Central Park development close to Darlington town centre.
The factory-built homes, available for affordable rent and Rent to Buy, have been designed by specialist manufacturer ilke Homes. Homes England has contributed grant funding towards the cost of buying the homes.
Shaun Nixon, development contracts officer at Karbon, said: “We knew about the ilke homes before we got on site, and were impressed with the quality of the work done in the factory.
“It’s been great to see the new homes assembled, and for them to be completed in such a short space of time. We hope all the new residents will be very happy there.”
The 13 three-bed homes and four two-bed “Thetford” homes were built in ilke Homes’ factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being driven to Darlington on trucks and craned into position.
Each home is made up of three main “modules” which took around 28 days to be built in ilke’s factory. Likewise, each home needed 28 days for the foundations to be prepared. The homes were assembled and fitted out on site over the course of a few weeks.
Overall, including factory time, the new homes at Central Park took 34 weeks to complete – significantly quicker than traditional construction methods.
Karbon says that this timescale would have been even shorter if not for COVID-19 social distancing measures and the pandemic’s impact in reducing the number of workers on site.
Ian Prescott, land and partnerships director at Keepmoat Homes, commented: “Keepmoat strives to be at the forefront of innovation in housing delivery and following our immensely successful Healthy New Towns scheme at Red Hall in Darlington, we are delighted to now be delivering off-site manufactured homes for Karbon Homes at our major Central Park regeneration project close to the town centre.
“Our partnership with Karbon Homes has been ongoing for over 20 years and together we have delivered many hundreds of much needed high-quality affordable homes across the North East.”
Image: Shaun Nixon, development contracts officer for Karbon Homes, on site outside a pair of “Thetford” semi-detached, modular homes at the Central Park development in Darlington. Credit: Karbon Homes.