A Gateshead-based contractor has completed its first modular housing project in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.
In just one day, Tolent says it delivered assembled two two homes on site. What’s more it had an audience of fascinated local residents.
The company worked with offsite manufacturer ilke Homes, which manufactured the sections in its factory in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. These were then installed into position to create a pair of two-bedroom homes.
“As our first fully modular housing project, it’s been a fascinating process to be a part of and fantastic to now see the homes in place,” said Chris Price, Tolent’s regional director.
“The speed and quality of this process is of huge benefit to us and our client Livin, but possibly the biggest benefit is to the local community. Using modular housing can halve the traditional build programme with residents less affected by noise, pollution and disruption as there are fewer lorry deliveries to the site.”
Sean Brodie, executive director of finance and development, for Livin said: “We are excited to be embracing Modern Methods of Construction, including off-site construction, which is helping us to deliver our ambitious targets of providing much needed new homes in local communities.
“We are really impressed with the overall design and the quality of the finished product from ilke Homes and look forward to receiving feedback from our tenants.”
Dave Sheridan, executive chairman at ilke Homes, said: “It’s great to begin what we hope will be a long-lasting partnership with Tolent, as they wholeheartedly embrace modern methods of construction. The homes at Newton Aycliffe are shining examples of how offsite construction and a forward-thinking approach can create homes that benefit families and the planet.
“By manufacturing each home in our factory, we can ensure better insulation and superior sound proofing. Our sustainable approach empowers consumers by enabling them to make considerable savings on energy bills, while reducing their homes’ impact on the environment.”
Image Caption: (Left to right) Paul Storey, site manager; Michael Burnikell, engineer; and Adrian Veitch, operations manager, all of Tolent