Bellway will build its first modular homes after being selected by Homes England to deliver a modern methods of construction (MMC) pilot project in Milton Keynes, part of a 1800-unit study into the benefits of the different MMC.
Bellway will employ MMC across the site, with 25% modular housing, 50% closed panel timber frame homes, and 25% open panel timber frame properties.
The residential property developer has partnered with Ilke Homes to manufacture the modular units, and Stewart Milne Timber Systems to supply the timber-framed elements.
A detailed planning application has subsequently been lodged with Milton Keynes Council for 160 homes, which is the fourth phase of the wider Tattenhoe Park scheme.
Paul Smits, managing director of Bellway Northern Home Counties, said: “Tattenhoe Park is a landmark extension to Milton Keynes which has been underway since 2011.
“As a major employer in the town and with a long history of providing new homes locally, Bellway was keen to secure this opportunity to deliver the company’s first modular homes and help meet housing need in Milton Keynes.
“The tender programme for the phase four land was highly competitive.
“Homes England’s exacting criteria required us to demonstrate our expertise and those of our partners for the project.
“We are now preparing to start work on site in December, subject to planning consent, and the build programme is scheduled to take two years.”
Data from the Homes England trial schemes will be analysed to determine how MMC can be used more widely and whether further improvements to the process can be achieved.
Image credit: David Wilson Homes/Barratt Homes
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