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Off-site system picked for affordable homes

A joint venture between house builder Paramount Homes and housing association Hyde has chosen off-site building system Optima Homes for a £25 million partnering deal to deliver affordable housing.
The joint venture, called BoKlock, has chosen Optima - itself a pairing of Pace Timber Systems and Cartwright Pickard Architects - for their plans to deliver 500 homes over the next three years.

BoKlok - meaning 'live smart' - was pioneered in Sweden where 2,000 people own a BoKlock home. It was devised by Ikea and Skanska.

The first BoKlok homes are likely to be built in Newcastle/Gateshead, Edinburgh, Brighton and the New Forest.

Optima Homes is a timber-closed wall panel system, delivered to site with drylining, insulation, conduits, external doors and windows installed in the factory.

Pace and CPA have said that the system leads to reduced site times, earlier occupation, better quality, and increased flexibility in layout and appearance.

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