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HOUSING predictable timeline to work towards for our partners. For a medium sized site, this could speed up build times considerably – leading to a build programme that is six months faster than a traditional site. Additionally, steel frames have a number of benefits that appealed to us. They are lighter than traditional construction and timber framed units, which is an important consideration for us when developing and transporting the modules and minimising concrete required for foundations. Q: What feedback and lessons have been learnt from the Gallions Reach homes? BC: Our show homes and sales suite are located on Greater London Authority (GLA) land at Gallions Reach, East London. At the site, we showcase examples of both open market sale and affordable rental properties. These homes demonstrate how a common modular platform that is efficient to manufacture can be personalised to meet the Nationally Described Space Standards (NDSS) and the requirements of open market sale, with a wide variety of internal layout and external treatment options. The homes are attractive, energy-efficient, and demonstrate durability equal to that of traditionally built houses, offering partners and investors an idea of what they can expect from future projects carried out by ilke Homes. The Gallions Reach show homes have a contemporary urban look, and we had feedback in the early stages from some partners that they would like to see a selection of homes that could blend easily into the existing housing mix in their areas. We took this into consideration when designing our full portfolio, by developing a full suite of housetypes that are inspired by regional vernaculars and the typologies of cities, whilst updating them with a contemporary look. We also received some questions about the roofs and the possibility of altering some of the original designs to accommodate higher pitched roofs. We have taken on board and can now offer pitched roofs, building them as separate roof modules in our factory. The ilke Homes 2018 Housetype Portfolio showcases the range of homes we are building this year from our factory. We are due to release our apartment portfolio later this year, which will showcase our solutions for

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5 low rise apartments, duplexes and bungalows. Q: What can ilke Homes offer in terms of housing options and tenure – is the concept applicable to private housing as well as affordable homes/PRS? BC: Absolutely, in addition to affordable homes, we are delivering properties for all forms of private sale and rent. Our range now includes seven NDSS (Nationally Described Space Standard) and M4-2 (Category 2 – Accessibility & Adaptable Dwellings) compliant housetypes as well as eight open market sale house types. Our designs and portfolio enable large developments to be built with a mix of private housing, affordable homes and properties for the private rental sector. Properties by ilke Homes are fully mortgageable with all the standard warranties available including NHBC Buildmark and BLP Secure. Q: The custom-build sector is a growing one – how can ilke Homes capitalise on this growing market? BC: Working within design guidelines, we believe ilke Homes will be an

attractive option for custom-build homes as well as more traditional open market sale properties, with significantly increased internal customer choices. We’re working with clients to create beautiful homes that work for modern lifestyles. The layouts and elevations of ilke Homes’ housetypes open up the opportunity for end customers to customise the layout of their future homes prior to manufacture, for example by offering the choice of open plan living or a separate living room. It’s definitely an exciting time to be in the sector, with new technological developments meaning we can be so much more flexible to the different needs of UK households. For more information visit: www.ilkehomes.co.uk Images: 01 - 02. Gallions Reach 03. Bjorn Conway, CEO ilke Homes 04. ilke Homes have developed a suite of housetypes that are inspired by regional vernaculars 05. Andrew Jones (centre) Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough was recently shown around the state-of-the-art 25,000m2 factory

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Offsite Magazine - Issue 10 (March/April)  

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Offsite Magazine contains the latest news, exemplar case studies, comment, interviews and feature articles from leading lights in the indust...