Liverpool-based modular housing manufacturer Ideal Modular Homes has joined the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner programme.
The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme is a key part of the government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda, which aims to boost the impact and contribution of the North of England to the UK’s economy.
Ideal’s appointment, just three years after the business’ establishment in 2017, sees it join a network of over 300 partners which shares best practice and success stories from across the region.
The appointment of Ideal not only serves to recognise the contribution the business has made to the Northern Powerhouse scheme, but also hints at the role modular housing will play in the North’s economic development.
Luke Barnes, CEO of Ideal Modular Homes, said: “We are committed to growing our business in partnership with the Northern Powerhouse initiative.
“Sharing an ambition to invest in the supply and quality of the North’s housing offer, while also supporting other members to create great places to live, we want the North to become a magnet for new business and talented people.
“This exciting new collaboration will help us to ensure housing plays an important role in the Northern Powerhouse agenda and help improve the lives, living standards, power and voice of the North and its residents.”
Ideal claims to have developed the most advanced and innovative modular home manufacturing facilities, able to create modular homes in a matter of days.
Modular homes are a potential solution to the UK’s housing crisis as they are cheaper, quicker to build, and are more environmentally friendly than homes built using conventional construction methods.
Ideal has played a role in strengthening the North’s economy through job creation and training, business and charity partnerships, affordable housing projects, and community building.
Over the next year, Ideal will launch its Learning to Work programme, an apprenticeship scheme designed to provide training and qualifications for young people struggling with employment.
The company is also working with the University of Liverpool to offer students experience of the off-site construction industry.
Ideal’s OURhome initiative, meanwhile, in collaboration with Liverpool architects shedkm, aims to help housing associations and local authorities to deliver affordable, sustainable homes in the North of England.
The company will open its second Northern-based factory later this year, taking Ideal’s total output to 2000 homes per year.