A development of 22 new homes in Little Lever, Bolton, will be manufactured in a factory before being assembled on site, in what is said to be a first for the borough.
Bolton at Homes is delivering is first modular scheme on the site, just off Victory Road, with the modular homes being manufactured by Yorkshire-based ilke Homes.
The factory process enables the energy-efficient homes to be installed in around two weeks per property once groundworks, services and landscaping are in place.
The homes manufactured for Bolton at Home will be completed on site by main contractor, energy and regeneration specialist, ENGIE.
By making the homes in a factory, it is claimed that the development can be completed in aruind nine months rather than the usual 12 months the scheme would take using traditional construction methods.
“These homes will be a first for Bolton for this method of construction for affordable housing and are also among the first of their kind in the country at this scale,” said Paul Philbin, Bolton at Home’s head of development and home ownership.
“We’re proud to be embracing these modern methods of construction which have the potential to be the future for of us in terms of the way we deliver new affordable homes.
“Once complete, there’s no way of knowing by looking at them, or by being inside them, that these homes are manufactured off-site — they look and feel like any traditionally built home. The fact that the homes are factory made also means that overall fewer deliveries, wagons and contractors are needed on site, which means less disruption for local residents.”
Funded by Homes England, the two- and three-bedroom homes will be made available for “affordable” rent by Bolton at Home.
“We’re incredibly excited about this project as it will provide Bolton with their first off-site manufactured homes,” said Steve Gregory, ENGIE’s head of newbuild. “ENGIE are market leaders in innovative solutions. We use our land sourcing and construction platform to identify and secure land, plan, design and build properties right across the UK.
“These new homes will be a fantastic addition to Bolton and we look forward to starting this project and working closely with our partners to provide new opportunities for families and support the regeneration of the local area.”
David Jones, construction managing director, at ilke Homes, added: “This scheme is poised to become an exemplar of community-focussed development and will provide a window to the future of housebuilding. We are very proud that ilke homes has been selected to deliver Bolton’s first ever offsite engineered homes. We’re looking forward to seeing the development complete and getting reaction from the local community.”
The highly-insulated homes are made up of a lightweight steel frame and a brick and render finish. The ground floor, first floor and roof are delivered to site in separate completed sections.
The sections are then put together and connected to electricity and water services. The homes are said to comply with all usual building regulations and carry all the necessary new home guarantees and warranties.
Work on the development is expected to start later this month and complete in March 2020.
Main image: Installation of modular homes at a development in Hull