Southern housing association strikes 750-home deal with modular builder

Abri and BoKlok UK have agreed a deal to deliver 750 modular homes across the South of England over the next five years.
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The Southern housing association Abri has announced a new partnership with modular builder BoKlok UK to deliver over 750 modular homes.

The pair will deliver the new modular homes over the next five years in areas across the South of England including in Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Abri – renamed after Radian’s merger with Yarlington – says that teaming up with BoKlok will support its target of delivering at least 1,000 new homes over the next 10 years.

Gary Orr, group chief executive of Abri said: “Our partnership with BoKlok will achieve our shared ambition to provide homes that are great places to live for people and the planet. We’re committed to helping tackle the housing crisis by delivering high quality, affordable homes at pace, that also minimise their impact on the environment.

“Our strategic aim is to provide at least 25% of our new build homes using modern methods of construction (MMC) and collaboration will be key to achieving this. Our shared values with BoKlok mean that we can really make a difference to meet the demand for affordable homes while creating communities that offer the highest standards of sustainability.”

Abri said the new homes will span a range of tenures while featuring ‘sustainable build processes’ to meet high energy efficiency standards and reduce running costs. Abri and BoKlok will also work together on land and planning matters.

BoKlok UK – owned by Swedish furniture giant IKEA and construction company Skanska – has agreed other deals with housing associations in recent weeks, such as a 1,000 home deal with the Hampshire-based VIVID.

Housing associations are increasingly looking to deliver modular homes. Last week it was reported by Inside Housing that 18 Northern housing associations have launched an alliance to deliver 9,000 offsite homes a year.

Graeme Culliton, BoKlok UK managing director and country manager said: “Modern methods of construction are really starting to be seen as a significant contributor to the UK housing landscape and we are delighted that by partnering with Abri we are fulfilling our ambition to help more people have a quality, energy-efficient home at a more affordable price.

“We share the same values and mission which is to build modern homes and create communities that are safe, thriving and will bring more sustainability to the housing market.”

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