Partnership to deliver affordable modular homes in Neath

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ilke Homes has partnered with developer Abode Waterstone to deliver six affordable modular homes on a site near Neath, South Wales

The partnership will see ilke Homes provide the new modular homes, with Abode Waterstone managing on-site development on the former oil refinery site.

The new scheme – called Abode Coed Darcy – forms part of phase one of a wider development that is transforming the former BP Llandarcy Oil Refinery site into a 4,000-home development.

The scheme will also include onsite primary and secondary schools, a district centre, community facilities and green open spaces all being built.

Housing association Coastal Housing Group will manage the new eco-friendly homes, all of which will be manufactured along a production line by ilke Homes at the company’s 250,000 sq ft factory in Knaresborough.

Environmentally conscious

By using precision-engineered techniques and digital design, all six modular homes will have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least an ‘A’, making them more energy-efficient than 99% of all new builds in the UK.

During the manufacturing stage, ilke Homes is also able to reduce waste by up to 80% due to digital technology generating precise estimates of materials needed, and of the waste that is produced, more than 90% is recycled.

Across the whole of the wider 4,000-home site, large parts of the former refinery are being recycled to cut down on waste and save on emissions:

  • 600,000 litres of oil – enough to fill 9,000 tanks of fuel in an average family car – has been recovered and recycled through an extraction process
  • 200,000 tonnes of concrete has been recovered and crushed and will remain onsite to provide recycled hardcore for buildings
  • 5,000 tonnes of steel recovered with the majority being reused on site
  • 95% of material extracted from the site has been reused during construction.

The Abode Coed Darcy scheme is utilising the Welsh government’s Innovative Housing Programme (IHP).

‘Diversifying the supply of new housing’

Tristin Willis, executive director of construction at ilke Homes, said: “The Abode Coed Darcy site demonstrates the evolution of British industry, as the UK takes steps to becoming a more forward-thinking, sustainable economy.

“If the government is to meet net-zero targets by 2050, diversifying the supply of new housing will be crucial.

“Modular housing provides a greener method of delivery for investors, developers, housing associations and local authorities looking to rapidly scale up the delivery of affordable housing.”

Andrea Gardner, sales & marketing director at Abode Waterstone, added: “It is fantastic to partner with Coastal Housing and ilke Homes for this very exciting and ambitious project at Llandarcy. Whilst a brownfield site, the location is very popular for the commuter buyer.

“The creation of this village was a good opportunity to join in partnership and led us to launch our new concept to the middle market ‘Abode Waterstone’.

“We had been wanting to look towards the mainstream market for a while, timing was good and Coastal are a perfect fit to work alongside, with good principles of urbanism.  A good mix brings a community together.

“As a family business, community is incredibly important and we see it as a stepping stone for our customers to grow with us. Coed Darcy – the urban village for all.”

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