ilke to deliver 140 modular homes at Hastings site

Modular specialist ilke Homes has partnered with Orbit Homes to deliver 140 affordable homes in Harrow Lane, Hastings.

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 pumps (ASHP) and solar panels, making the entire scheme gas-free.

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 at its offsite factory and develop the site.

Orbit Homes said it opted to use modern methods of construction (MMC) due to the significant speed, quality, and energy-efficiency benefits.

Tom Heathcote, executive director of development 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.

“As a company, we continue to pioneer a sustainable and future proofed housing typology in response to the climate crisis.”

This is the second time ilke Homes has partnered with Orbit Homes, having already delivered 25 homes for the housebuilder in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire.


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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.”

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.


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