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Keepmoat plans 750 offsite homes a year

Keepmoat has announced plans to build up to 750 offsite homes a year under its new brand Ikle Homes.

Working in partnership with construction firm Elliot, Keepmoat aims to be producing up to 750 modular homes annually within three years if trials are successful.

As part of the delivery plan, Elliott is expected to produce up to 250 homes in 2018 through its factory at Carnaby in Yorkshire. Keepmoat is exploring options to open a further factory capable of producing 500 units through its Ikle brand.

The firm said Ilke will “scale up” by opening a second UK assembly plant within a year and offer a series of clone plants local to major sites.

Each assembly plant can have capacity for more than 500 homes a year, customised to client specifications.

Keepmoat posted turnover of £1.13bn in 2016 and is in discussion with the top 15 housing associations in London (known as the G15) to take on delivery of homes to their sites.

According to the firm, up to 10 homes can be installed a day on site, which would save around six months of construction time on a 50-home development.

Keepmoat and Elliott already work together under a £90m framework agreement for the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Keepmoat CEO Dave Sheridan (pictured) said: “Keepmoat’s experience of partnership housing should be obvious in an adaptable product that meets landlord and developer requirements for all tenures, as well as offering the resident an attractive, high-performing home.

“Some of the gains are less obvious. Show us a difficult regeneration site and we will show you how it can be unlocked.

“Limited access and community resistance can both be overcome more easily with modular homes. We are offering additional homes and not simply a better construction method.”

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