British modular housebuilder, ilke Homes, has officially opened the doors to its first modular housing factory in Knaresborough, Yorkshire.
The homebuilder aims to build 2,000 new homes a year within the next 24 months, and plans are already in place to scale up the operations to produce 5,000 homes per year in the next five years.
The state-of-the-art factory uses innovative, modern methods of construction to build eight modular homes every day and specialises in the latest 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 per day – significantly cutting the time a traditional build programme takes to deliver family 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 ilke Homes’ manufacturing and supply chain, design, engineering and business teams. The housebuilder plans to expand its Yorkshire workforce with a further 500 high-quality jobs becoming available over the next five years.
Björn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes said: “We’re proud to officially open our first modular house building factory in the UK; using modern methods of construction and new technologies to deliver beautifully designed, sustainable family homes across the country.
We’re working in partnership with housing associations, local authorities and developers to ensure there is a steady supply of affordable housing for those who need it most.”