MP visits development of ‘greener’ new affordable homes.

Leading modular housing pioneer ilke Home is delivering energy-efficient, low carbon modular homes in a groundbreaking new affordable development in Evesham for housing association Sanctuary.

At a time of rising energy bills, the new builds being developed by ilke Homes and Sanctuary will offer residents the chance to live in more energy-efficient homes which have less impact on the environment and cost less to run.

Mid-Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston met with Sanctuary Group Chief Executive Craig Moule last week to see progress on the 76-home development and learn more about the construction process.

The modular houses are built around a galvanised steel frame in a factory setting and the completed sections are transported to site before being craned into position. They are, on average, developed twice as fast as a traditional build home.

Ground floor, module two

Lifecycle carbon emissions from the homes are 12 per cent lower than a traditionally constructed property, with an average energy consumption of 20 per cent less, meaning lower bills for residents.

The enhanced building fabric of the homes means they exceed building standards by a fifth. Precision-engineering techniques and a steel frame structure reduce shrinkage cracks in the walls compared to traditional building methods.

The 72 modular properties, and four traditionally built flats, will include homes for rent, shared ownership and open market sale and are set for completion later this year.

Craig Moule, Sanctuary Group Chief Executive, said: “Our mission is to build affordable homes and sustainable communities where people choose to live, and Green Vale is a perfect example of this.

“This is Sanctuary’s first fully modular development and demonstrates our commitment to delivering high quality new homes for local people, while reducing our environmental impact and becoming a net zero carbon organisation by 2050.”

Tom Heathcote, Executive Director of Development at ilke Homes, said: “We’re delighted to be delivering a full turnkey solution for Sanctuary and hope that this project marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between our two companies.

“Sanctuary is one of the UK’s most forward-thinking housing associations and has rightly identified the need to invest in greening its portfolio as a means of drastically cutting carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty. Our sustainable, high-quality solution will help Sanctuary do just that and we look forward to working closely with the company to help deliver its next-generation affordable homes.”