Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire has officially opened ilke Homes’ new modular factory which could produce 5,000 homes per year in the next five years.
Main Image: Björn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes in the new modular factory
British modular housebuilder ilke Homes has officially opened the doors to its first modular housing factory in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. ilke Homes aims to build 2,000 new homes a year within the next 24 months, and plans are already in place to scale-up the operations to produce 5,000 homes per year in the next five years.
The modular factory uses, modern methods of construction to build eight modular homes every day. The new homes are then transported to developments across the country and, according to the company, once on site they can be installed at a rate of six homes per day.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire officially opened the new 25,000m2 modular homes factory. He commented: “I am determined to build a housing market that works for everyone. Innovation in house building is a key part of scaling up delivery, which is why I am keen to support increased modular build.
“ilke Home’s new factory will play an important role in the delivery of high-quality affordable homes both here in Yorkshire and across the country. The site will support the local economy and provide local jobs while driving innovation and modern methods of construction to produce around 2,000 homes a year and help us deliver the homes communities need.
“I want to see an increasing number of these house production facilities to improve standards and increase output, to help meet our intent of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”
Björn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes said: “We’re proud to officially open our first modular house building factory in the UK; using modern methods of construction and new technologies to deliver beautifully designed, sustainable family homes across the country.
“We’re working in partnership with housing associations, local authorities and developers to ensure there is a steady supply of affordable housing for those who need it most.”
The opening of the modular factory has created more than 250 local jobs across ilke Homes’ manufacturing and supply chain, design, engineering and business teams. The housebuilder plans to expand its Yorkshire workforce with a further 500 high-quality jobs becoming available over the next five years.