Worthing Council is to work with Skanska/IKEA housing developer BoKlok to deliver up to 162 affordable flat-pack homes
The BoKlok homes will be the first to be IKEA-style factory-built homes in the UK, after the previously developing around 11,000 homes in Sweden, Norway and Finland.
According to Worthing council, the BoKlok homes will be priced so that home ownership “is more accessible for local working families”.
In addition, the council will retain control of around 30% of the units, so that it can use them for social housing for those on the local waiting list.
The council will also work in collaboration to develop a wider programme to deliver 500 new homes for Worthing residents.
Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “I very much welcome this innovative proposal from a groundbreaking international firm which could bring real benefits to hundreds of local families.
“The fact these homes can be built quickly, to a high quality and meet top environmental standards makes this an extremely attractive proposition and I look forward to the Council working closely with BoKlok moving forward.”
The first homes could be occupied within two years.
About BoKlok Homes
The idea was born in the early 1990s when joint owners, IKEA and Skanska came together to offer sustainable, quality, low-cost home ownership.
The first BoKlok homes were completed in 1997 and so far, more than 11,000 homes have been built throughout Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.
BoKlok produces as much of the homes as it can, within the factory. This allows them to get to work as soon as they arrive on a building site.
They can build small apartments in a single day, and the roof goes on as quickly as possible to avoid weather damage.