The Midlands social landlord whg has struck a deal with modular housing company ilke Homes to deliver its first large-scale modular housing scheme.
Under the agreement, ilke Homes will deliver 39 factory-built homes and four traditionally built maisonettes for whg on Welsh Road East in Southam, Warwickshire.
The homes, which will be 100% affordable, will be manufactured at ilke Homes’ factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire before being completed on site.
The deal, ilke’s second with the property agent Savills, marks ilke Homes’ continued transition from housebuilding to property development.
Rebecca Bennett Casserly, corporate director of development at whg, said: “We are delighted to have completed the purchase of this site, facilitated by ilke’s new business model. This will not only support the delivery of affordable housing in an area of great need but also help us deliver on our ambitions for the wider adoption of modern methods of construction.
“We have been researching modular homes for some time and are looking forward to working with ilke Homes as we venture into our first scheme of scale.
“This exciting new development will deliver homes quickly and more efficiently; significantly contributing to our annual target of building more than 500 high quality and affordable homes.”
All 39 modular homes ilke Homes will deliver on site will be built to high energy efficiency standards and will feature fully-fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
The homes will be underpinned by accreditations from NHBC, the home construction warranty and insurance provider.
ilke Homes purchased the four-acre brownfield site from a private landowner and will develop the site subject to planning permission.
The site already has outline planning permission and was previously allocated as part of the local council’s housing strategy.
ilke now intends to make a reserved matters planning application so that it may begin work on the site in late summer 2021.
Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have secured another deal working with Savills. Thanks to our modular technology, we will deliver up to 39 high-quality homes for the local Southam community which will be some of the most sustainable in the UK.
“By packaging up private land with turnkey development solutions in partnership with housing associations such as whg, we can quickly scale-up the delivery of high-quality, energy-efficient affordable housing across the country.”
whg owns and manages over 21,000 homes across the Midlands, primarily in the borough of Walsall, West Midlands.