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“The return of PRE-FAB homes”

  • by JW

Modular housing company ilke Homes comes to Exeter: “Thanks to precision-engineering techniques, the homes being delivered at Exmouth Junction will be some of the UK’s most energy-efficient.”


Prefab buildings have come a long way:

The many environmental advantages to prefabs – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Modular housing to help young homeless people into independent living – Vision Group for Sidmouth

High-quality zero carbon affordable homes – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Today’s Mail looks at how they’ve really taken off:

The return of PRE-FAB homes: Factory that’s the size of eight football pitches and churns out one ‘modular’ home every HOUR could be coming to Britain… ushering in new era of flatpack housing

  • Construction company TopHat are set to open a massive prefab housing factory in Corby, Northamptonshire
  • Prefab homes could be the solution to the housing, construction labour, and energy crises plaguing Britain
  • Bosses are aiming to make around 4,000 ready-made properties a year to combat the UK’s net-zero targets
  • Today’s prefabricated houses are set to be high-tech design masterpieces – unlike ‘cheap’ post-war homes

Flatpack house-building has already boomed in Europe, including in Germany where 23 per cent of its new properties are prefabricated houses. But the trend has struggled to take off in the UK – where just 15,000 of the 200,000 homes built per year are modular. The modern methods of construction enables entire homes to be completed and made in a factory and then craned into position on its destined street.

Massive refab factory to make one ‘modular’ home every HOUR in new era of flatpack housing | Daily Mail Online

The developer Top Hat was singled out:

TopHat creates beautiful and sustainable communities: We deliver design-led homes fit for 21st century living through a unique technology-enabled approach.


As were Ilke – who also operate in Exeter:

Leading modular housing company ilke Homes has secured a development site for 165 new homes on Phase 2, Exmouth Junction, Exeter from Eutopia Homes.

The scheme, which will be delivered on a brownfield site that has laid vacant for many years, will comprise 165 new homes, comprising a mix of one and two-bed apartments and two, three and four-bed homes.

Upon completion, it is proposed that all the homes will be available for either social rent, affordable rent or shared ownership and underpinned with the same National Homes Building Council (NHBC) accreditations that traditionally built homes offer. This will make it easy for residents to insure and mortgage their new homes.

Thanks to precision-engineering techniques, the homes being delivered at Exmouth Junction will be some of the UK’s most energy-efficient. By achieving at least a ‘B’ EPC rating, the homes will be more energy-efficient than 92 percent of the UK’s housing stock. Furthermore, given that most of the work takes place offsite, ilke Homes will also be able to half the emissions produced during the construction program.

Sustainable Modular Homes | ilke Homes

Exeter – Devon | ilke Homes

ilke Homes secures site for 165 modular homes in Exeter – Build in Digital