The first deal of this wider partnership will see Ilke homes deliver superstructures (homes only), with Orbit managing onsite development.
The housing group — which creates and builds diverse, multi-tenure developments across the Midlands, East and South East of England — opted to use MMC for its speed and energy efficiency benefits.
It is increasing its procurement of modular homes, following a successful pilot scheme in March, and Ilke Homes is its first modular housing partner.
Andrew McDermott, managing director at Orbit Homes in the Midlands, said: “Ensuring our homes are good quality, affordable and safe is key for [us] and we are keen to reduce our carbon footprint through the use of modern methods of construction.
“We see modular housing as an important part of the future of housing in the UK and are excited to work with Ilke Homes as our first partner.”
This is the modular housing company’s first deal in Warwickshire.
It has recently stepped up its Midlands presence since its regional expansion, which saw it open offices in Birmingham, London and Bristol in June.
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Production line at Ilke Homes factory in Knaresbrough, North Yorkshire
Matthew Bench, executive director of partnerships at Ilke Homes, commented: “Scaling up the country’s delivery of affordable housing is clearly crucial, but more than anything it is about speed, quality and partnering with forward thinking housebuilders, such as Orbit.
“This scheme will be delivered in roughly half the time of traditional construction, and with the homes precision-engineered in our Yorkshire factory, they will benefit from superior air tightness and energy-efficiency.”
The deal follows Ilke Homes’ partnership with Stonewater, which will see the delivery of 120 factory-built affordable homes to Hereford in a £23m deal.