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Modular homes arrive in Swanley

09 October 2019

Leading UK home builder, Keepmoat Homes is bringing its first fully modular homes development to Swanley in Kent this week.

The development, named The Mallards, has a planning consent from Sevenoaks Council, to deliver 56 new homes comprising of a mix of one and two bedroom apartments alongside two and three bedroom houses.

The whole development will be delivered using modern methods of construction with 47 homes being built using modular construction by ilke Homes and nine apartments delivered using timber frame construction.

The modular homes, which are indistinguishable from traditionally constructed houses, will be built at the ilke factory in North Yorkshire before being transported and installed on site in Swanley, with the first units arriving on site this week.

Keepmoat Homes has partnered with ilke Homes to deliver modular homes on a number of its developments in England including Nottingham, Doncaster and Liverpool, but this is the first time the developer has delivered a complete development using only modern methods of construction.

Aside from increased speed of delivery, and high levels of quality assurance backed by the same NHBC Build Mark warranty that traditional homes offer, the factory-built homes boast high levels of both thermal and sound insulation. This means that these new homes offer the benefits of potentially lower running costs and less aftercare maintenance to their owners.

Tim Beale, Chief Executive Officer at Keepmoat Homes commented:

“We have been involved with ilke Homes since its inception, helping to shape the house designs to meet the needs of our customers and successfully bringing its modular homes to a number of our sites across England. We have now reached this exciting milestone moment where we bring forward our first complete development using only Modern Methods of Construction and I’m delighted to be able to do that at Swanley.

“Using modern methods such as modular construction is a fantastic way to bring additionality into the housebuilding industry which is regularly challenged to deliver more good quality homes, faster. We’re pleased to be working with our partner ilke Homes to utilise precision engineering to create quality homes which can then be delivered and installed on site, ready for our customers to move into.”

Mick O’Farrell, Regional Managing Director in the South at Keepmoat Homes added:

“It is fantastic to have started the delivery of the new modular homes concept on our site at Swanley. This site will bring much needed new homes to the area and will be the first development in our region to fully employ modern methods of construction. I look forward to welcoming our first residents to The Mallards with our partners ilke Homes and Golding Homes.”

David Sheridan, Executive Chairman at ilke Homes, commented:

“Our partnership with Keepmoat Homes is bringing modular homes to Swanley for the first time. Having a digitally-driven design process brings with it numerous benefits – from reduced waste to improved consistency. It also enables us to really drive up the quality of design, while reducing defects. Precision engineered homes manufactured in a factory are proven to be 20% more energy efficient than traditional new builds, largely because they can be far more air tight. This means lower electricity bills and reduced carbon emissions, enabling residents at The Mallards to be proud of living in homes fit for the future challenges we face.”

The development which is of mixed tenure will include 34 homes for open market sale and 22 homes which are being provided for shared ownership and affordable rent through our partner Golding Homes.

Tom Casey, Director of Development and Sales at Golding Homes said:

“Golding Homes are delighted to be providing our first factory-built homes, in partnership with Keepmoat. Thanks to the reduction in build time we are able to provide homes quicker, whilst keeping the same quality and style, for our residents. We hope these will be the first of many more homes using innovative construction methods that we can offer our customers.”

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