British modular housebuilder Ilke Homes has officially opened the doors to its modular housing factory in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.
The group aims to build 2,000 new homes a year at the factory within the next 24 months, and plans are in place to scale up to produce 5,000 homes per year in the next five years.
The factory in Yorkshire uses modern methods of construction to build eight modular homes every day and specialises in off-site manufacturing techniques. The high quality, energy efficient homes are transported to developments across the country and once on site, can be installed at a rate of six homes a day – cutting the time a traditional build programme takes in half in order to deliver housing to those who need it most.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire officially opened the new 25,000m2 modular homes factory, meeting with Ilke Homes employees, testing out the innovative 3D modelling technologies used by their manufacturing team and seeing modules at various stages of the construction flow-line.
The opening of the factory has created more than 250 local jobs across lIke Homes’ manufacturing and supply chain, design and engineering teams, with 85% of roles classified as unskilled and taken by people from outside of the construction sector. The housebuilder plans to expand its Yorkshire workforce with a further 500 high quality jobs set to be available over the next five years.
Björn Conway, CEO of Ilke Homes said: “We’re proud to officially open our first house building factory in the UK; delivering much needed, energy-efficient housing that will assist developers, local councils and housing associations responding to the current housing shortage.
“The Government has called for the use of innovative new technology in the housebuilding industry in order to meet housing targets, and the modern methods of construction used to create our modular homes have been recognised as one of the most viable ways to do this.
“We’ve already got an established pipeline of 1,000 homes for 2019, and are working in partnership with local authorities, housing associations and developers to ensure that there is a steady supply of affordable housing available across the UK for those who need it most.”
James Brokenshire, communities secretary, added: “The precision engineered homes are assembled on a highly efficient flow line. Homes are fully mortgageable and tenure blind, being fully adaptable to both private market and housing association requirements for all forms of sale and rent.”