First modular houses constructed at Gateshead Innovation Village
Two semi-detached modular houses, brought to life in a factory, have been erected on-site at Gateshead Innovation Village just hours after arriving on a lorry.
The modular units, manufactured by Home Group partner ilke Homes, were created in their North Yorkshire based factory before making the journey along the A1 to Gateshead, where they have been placed on-site ready for Home Group customers to move into when construction completes in early 2019.
41 homes are set to be constructed in a range of designs on the site near the international stadium. The scheme will allow Home Group and its partners to compare modern methods of construction to traditional builds.
Brian Ham, Executive Director of Development at Home Group said: "This is an incredibly exciting milestone in this project. It not only marks the beginning of the build phase of Gateshead Innovation Village, it has also seen us create our first ever modular home that will house our customers.
"ilke has delivered the first of five different types of modular homes, with the other four being supplied by different manufacturers who use different techniques for build, so we can test modern methods of construction in its entirety.
"Now that the first units are on-site we're looking forward to progressing with construction and preparing the houses for customers. We want to know what they're like to live in, how they compare and contrast with traditional builds and how they'll stand the test of time. This will be a big learning experience for all involved."
Bjorn Conway, CEO, ilke Homes said: "Gateshead Innovation Village is a hugely exciting project for the UK's housebuilding sector and we are pleased to partner with Home Group on such an innovative research scheme. The construction of the first homes at Gateshead Innovation Village demonstrates the appetite within the construction industry to embrace modular housing.
"At ilke Homes, our mission is to provide a real solution to the UK housing shortage. We believe, modular housing is integral to increasing the UK's housing capacity to ensure that families have access to affordable homes by facilitating more efficient housebuilding.
"Our homes installed at the innovation village have been precision-engineered and manufactured at our state-of-the-art factory using the latest technologies. These zero-carbon, all electric smart homes boast the use of innovative features, such as smart controlled solar PV systems, phase change thermal batteries, heat pumps and modern storage heaters. The monitoring and occupant feedback from the project will feed into our ongoing product development as we to continue to develop homes that people enjoy living in."
Cllr Malcom Brain, Cabinet Member for Housing said: "It's great to see the first of these innovative homes arrive in Gateshead, as it marks the beginning of 41 much needed homes being constructed at a time when affordable housing and housing delivery is a big issue. Modular housing has huge potential to speed up the delivery of new homes and we look forward to showcasing the best designs here in Gateshead."
Home Group and its partners are documenting the full project through a range of multimedia. To keep up with the developments, visit www.homegroup.org.uk/gatesheadinnovationvillage