ilke Homes and matterlab celebrate success at Building Awards 2021.

ilke Homes, one of the UK’s leading modular housing firms, and matterlab, a company focused on creating products and innovation for the built environment, are celebrating their success at Building Awards 2021.

The partnership was named the winner of the Digital Construction Award at this year’s prestigious Building Awards, which were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

When we started working with matterlab in 2020, we tasked ourselves with finding a solution to the challenges created by the complexity and accuracy required in the early designs, and when creating the fabrication and assembly content for modular homes.

In June 2021, exactly a year after beginning this collaboration, modules designed and documented entirely from the software were built on the factory floor with precision-engineering techniques and automated manufacturing. 

As well as other efficiencies, we were able to introduce huge financial savings and reduce errors in the overall process, cutting factory floor downtime – which can cost over £50,000 a day.

ilke X, as the project was known, was taking place at the same time ilke Homes launched Project Refresh, an internal initiative to update our existing product range. This came about as a product of taking onboard feedback from our clients, harmonising chassis designs (reducing modules yet increasing house types), and enabling faster and lower cost manufacturing and maintenance of our zero carbon product ilke ZERO.

Based on our new house types, the concept of ilkeX was born; to “codify” the wealth of manufacturing knowledge in the ilke Homes team by developing the underlying logic built on relationships between components.

We’re extremely delighted to have secured the Digital Construction Award in partnership with matterlab for our work on ilkeX. Well done to all the other winners on the night.