ilke Homes partners with Orbit Homes to deliver 140 affordable properties at development in Hastings
Press release from ilke Homes
- Eighty-four of the homes are to be delivered as zero-carbon, helping to protect consumers from rising energy bills
- Announcement marks the second time ilke Homes has partnered with Orbit Homes following successful pilot in Warwickshire in 2020
- Delivering affordable homes is a priority, with house prices in Hastings having reached record highs
Leading modular housing pioneer ilke Homes has entered into a land led package deal with Orbit Homes to deliver 140 affordable homes in Harrow Lane, Hastings.
Hastings Borough Council granted Reserved Matters Approval for the 12.4-acre site in March 2022. Out of the 140 homes being delivered, 84 are to be delivered as zero-carbon, meaning they will emit no operational emissions via utilities such as electricity and heating. Each of the homes will be fitted with an air source heat pump (ASHP) and solar panels which, when combined, will provide clean energy.
The entire scheme - which will deliver a mix of apartments and houses, ranging in sizes from one to four bedrooms homes - will be gas-free, running on renewable power generated from the ASHPs and solar panels which will combine to help heat the home more sustainably.
The announcement marks the second time ilke Homes has partnered with Orbit Homes, having already delivered 25 homes for the housebuilder in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. Orbit Homes, which creates and builds diverse, multi-tenure developments across the Midlands, East and South East of England, opted to use modern methods of construction (MMC) due to the significant speed, quality and energy-efficiency benefits that ilke Homes' advanced offsite manufacturing techniques deliver.
Acting as a full turnkey developer, ilke Homes has been responsible for securing the land and gaining planning permission and will now manufacture the homes and develop the site. Once complete, Orbit Homes will own or manage all 140 homes.
Following a competitive tender process, Hastings Borough Council chose ilke Homes to develop the site in October 2021 due to the company's ability to demonstrate best value, accelerated delivery and high levels of sustainability. The 140 homes will be delivered as 100% affordable tenure, comprising 70 shared ownership homes and 70 affordable rent homes.
House prices in Hastings have reached record highs in recent months, so ramping up the delivery of more affordable homes is deemed vital by both the council and local stakeholders. Overall, sold prices in Hastings over the last year were 4 percent up on the previous year and 22 percent up on the 2019 peak of £241,129.
Precision-engineering techniques mean that ilke Homes will be able to deliver the 140 affordable homes in half the time of traditional methods, thanks to most of the construction stage taking place offsite. By manufacturing offsite, the homes delivered will be of the highest quality, as ilke Homes is able to benchmark standards at numerous stages of the build cycle.
Works are expected to start on site in autumn 2022, with the first homes being installed in summer 2023. Completion of the scheme is expected in 2024.
Matthew Suggitt, Development Director at ilke Homes, said:
"We have enjoyed working closely with Hastings Borough Council's Estates Team and the local authorities Planning Department to bring forward our proposals for the site at Harrow Lane. Subject to the clearance of pre-commencement conditions, we are excited to commence on site later this year. ilke Homes is proud to be delivering an entirely gas-free scheme, with 84 of the homes to be delivered as zero-carbon for our partner of choice, Orbit Homes. As a company, we continue to pioneer a sustainable and future proofed housing typology in response to the climate crisis."
Cllr Maya Evans, deputy leader and portfolio holder for housing, commented:
"We are absolutely delighted with the progress of this project, we are providing affordable homes for local people, alongside addressing the climate emergency. We are very impressed with ilke Homes who have gone above and beyond in ensuring 84 homes are zero carbon, this means the energy they use will be 100% renewable, on top of fabric first sustainable building materials. Hastings Borough Council are now seeing the fruits of our vision, to provide high quality homes for people on low incomes, while playing an active role in reducing carbon emissions for our town. This is a very proud moment and just the start of more to come."
Helen Moore, Group Director of Orbit Homes, said:
"We are delighted to be working in partnership with ilke Homes, to deliver a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership properties in Hastings; which is a core area of operation for us. The delivery of off-site modular homes, which boast energy-efficient and environmentally friendly credentials, aligns with our 2025 Strategy to increase the number of affordable homes we deliver utilising Modern Methods of Construction.
"The 84 net carbon zero homes will not only support our Orbit Earth initiative which seeks to minimise the impact of our activities but will also allow us to fully evaluate and then articulate the benefits to our customers of living in a net zero carbon new build home."
Notes to editors
ilke Homes is a modular housing company helping to tackle the UK's growing housing shortage by manufacturing and delivering high-quality, energy-efficient homes in half the time of traditional methods. The company works closely with local authorities, housing associations and developers across the UK to deliver housing for a mix of tenures. In 2019, the company entered into a £100m joint venture with Places for People, the largest deal yet for Britain's modular housing sector and received a £30m investment from the government's housing agency, Homes England. www.ilkehomes.co.uk
Part of the Orbit Group, Orbit Homes is one of the largest builders of affordable homes in the UK, delivering over 1,000 new build homes per annum, 65% of which are much needed affordable homes, with plans to build 6,500 new homes by 2025.
Our developments range from small schemes in rural villages, through to large urban regeneration projects, making them suitable for first time buyers, those seeking to trade down or for families looking for more space. By offering a choice of either Market Sale or Shared Ownership, we aim to make home ownership more achievable. We also build new homes for rent via Orbit Group.
Our homes are tenure blind, sharing the same commitment to sector leading design, specification and safety, coupled with outstanding customer service.
We place our customers at the heart of what we do, continually investing in our communities and creating great places to live, work and play. We are proud to have been awarded double Gold and Outstanding Achievement for customer satisfaction by In-house Research Ltd for two consecutive years; these independent awards are based on feedback from customers six weeks after they have moved into their new home.
We have a strategic partnership with Homes England and share Orbit Group's profit-for-purpose ethos, working with social enterprises to derive even greater benefit from our investment and reinvesting our profits to improve the quality of our homes, our services and our communities.
Orbit Group is one of the UK's foremost housing groups creating thriving communities within a growing portfolio of over 45,000 affordable and social rent homes largely throughout the Midlands, East and South of England.
For over 50 years we've been a force for positive change, particularly during the country's continuing housing and residential challenges. Our vision is to lead in building thriving communities, and we believe everyone is entitled to a good quality home that they can afford in a place that they are proud to live.
Through our social value programme, we work to do business better. We give back over ?5 million each year to make a positive difference on society; we build affordable homes and do business in more socially responsible and sustainable ways while lessening the impact we have on our environment, customers, employees, partners and suppliers.