Sekisui delivers first modular homes in Homes England JV

Modular homes are delivered to the new community of Inholme (Image courtesy of Homes England)

Modular builder Sekisui House and developer Urban Splash have delivered the first of 406 new modular homes that will form the new community of Inholm on Homes England land at the new town of Northstowe.

The homes are being delivered as part of a joint venture with Homes England, signed in 2019.

Inholm is one of a number of sites that will form part of a Homes England 1,500-home research study into modern methods of construction (MMC) to drive innovation in the construction industry.

The study will test the performance of different types of MMC to provide long-term, verifiable data so that informed decisions about emerging construction technologies can be made.

The new homes at Inholm are being manufactured at the House by Urban Splash factory in Alfreton in the East Midlands. They use approximately 67% less energy to build compared to an equivalent traditional built project and contain energy-saving features including high-quality insulation, energy-efficient windows and LED lighting, a hot water cylinder with an integrated airforce heat pump and emission-free electric heating.

Chris Shaw, delivery director for House by Urban Splash said: “We’ve been pioneering this concept for a few years now, delivering homes in this way to customers in Manchester, Birmingham, North Shields and Salford.

“It’s great to extend that offering and bring the first modular homes to this new neighbourhood. We cannot wait to see customers move in here and for this new community to flourish as a great place to live, work and play.”

Gordon More, chief investment officer for Homes England, said: “This ambitious partnership and the creation of a new community of more than 400 MMC homes at the new town is a real statement of our intent to support MMC, encourage new entrants into the market and support the creation of sustainable neighbourhoods where they’re needed most.”

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