Live Test of Modern Methods of Modular Construction Gets Underway

The first two factory-made modular semi-detached houses have been positioned and constructed at Gateshead Innovation Village, as part of a live research project led by Home Group.

Manufactured by Home Group partner, Ilke Homes, the construction of the 41 homes scheme at Gateshead Innovation Village will allow Home Group and its partners to compare six different types of modern methods of construction to traditional builds and is supported by national housing agency Homes England and Gateshead Council.

Brian Ham, Executive Director of Development at Home Group said: “This is an incredibly exciting and pivotal time for 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 Homes 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: “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 continue to develop homes that people enjoy living in.”

To keep up with the developments, visit the Home Group website

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