Greenwich council has chosen Liverpool company Ideal Modular Homes to manufacture 750 council homes at a cost of £300m. The council says this is the biggest modular contract to be awarded in the UK.
The ‘carbon positive’ modular homes will be developed at various locations across the borough over the next five years by Ideal Modular Homes working alongside A&E Elkins and ShedKM.
Housing Today reported that the homes, which can be manufactured in four days and installed on site in eight hours, are planned for 60 sites across the south-east London borough. The deal will see all of the homes built to a “carbon positive” standard and rented to Greenwich council tenants at affordable rates.
The firms said that the deal with the council will run for five years with the option to extend by a further five if successful, which would see another 750 homes produced.
The first tenants are due to move in later this year.
A&E Elkins managing director Ray Elkins was quoted by Housing Digital, stating that his firm was “delighted” to be supporting the Royal Borough of Greenwich in its “quest to provide high-quality, affordable homes that exceed carbon-zero standards and reduce fuel poverty for local communities”.
Alex Flint, director at ShedKM, added:
“Designed to exemplar standards with sustainability at their heart, the homes will feature exceptional space standards, large expanses of glazing, and robust facing materials,” he said.
Greenwich councillor Anthony Okereke also expressed his approval of the deal, which he said would help the borough meet its pledges of delivering 750 new council homes and reaching net zero-carbon emissions by 2030.
“With plans for construction on 750 new homes to be underway by 2022, we’re excited to be at the forefront of delivering innovative zero-carbon council properties, making good on Royal Greenwich’s commitments to tackling both the housing crisis and climate change,” he said.
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