Modular housing company secures 227-home development site in Grantham

Modular housing company ilke Homes has secured a 14.6-acre site in Grantham which will be transformed into the company’s largest scheme to date.

The site, which is located on Dysart Road, benefits from detailed planning consent for 227 homes granted by South Keveston District Council.

Enabling works have already been undertaken by the former landowner, Anderson Group.

ilke Homes worked closely with the Anderson Group and CBRE, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, to agree the deal which will help unlock the site and deliver much-needed family housing in Grantham.

The deal with Anderson Group follows recent news that ilke Homes has been selected as a developer by Nottinghamshire County Council to regenerate a brownfield site in Arnold, Nottingham which will see the delivery of 140 factory-built homes.

All of the homes will be manufactured offsite at ilke Homes’ 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Dysart Road.

By manufacturing offsite, disruptions to the local community will be kept to a minimum and huge energy savings will also be achieved – both during the manufacturing stage and when the homes are operational.

Precision-engineering techniques means that the homes being delivered will be some of the most energy-efficient in the country. ilke Homes is able to manufacture its homes to consistently achieve at least a ‘B’ Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, with the majority achieving an ‘A’ – making them more energy-efficient than 92 percent of the UK’s housing stock.

Due to the homes being more airtight and using sustainable building fabrics, it takes less energy to heat and cool the homes. This means all the new homes at Dysart Road will exceed the Government’s Future Homes Standard, which begins in 2021 and aims to reduce carbon emissions from housing by a third, while also exceeding the UK Green Building Council’s embodied carbon targets.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in early October, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said he wanted modern methods of construction to be a significant part of the Government’s future housing investment plans – an ambition backed by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak.

In 2019, ilke Homes struck a sector-first deal with Homes England with the Government’s national housing agency investing £30 million into the modular housing company to help scale-up its factory’s production capacity.

The deal between ilke Homes and Anderson Group was brokered by CBRE acting as agent.

Tom Heathcote, executive director of development at ilke Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have secured a deal with the Anderson Group and to have worked on our first deal with CBRE.

“As a result of this deal, we will be unlocking a site which benefits from detailed planning consent. Thanks to our modular housing technology, we will be able to deliver 227 much-needed sustainable homes for the local community in just over two years.”

Will Blacker, associate director at CBRE, said: “It has been great to work with the team at ilke homes who are bringing forward much needed housing to the region in a time where there is a shortage of immediate and deliverable land. I am excited at the prospect of this site coming forward so quickly through the use of modular off-site construction methods. This site provides a great opportunity to create a sizeable, well-connected community.”

Andrew Jay, group managing director at Anderson Group, said: “Anderson Group are at the forefront of Innovation in the UK construction sector, so we look forward to seeing ilke Homes deliver their own innovative new homes at Dysart Road, and we feel sure there will be further opportunities for collaboration in the future.”