£30m boost for ilke homes from government

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Yorkshire-based ilke Homes  have been given a cash boost of up to £30m to drive up factory housing production.

The cash injection from Homes England’s will be used to turbo-charge production at the firm’s Knaresborough production facility.

This will allow the house builder to hire more local people and scale up capacity by 150% from 2,000 to 5,000 homes a year, this increase will make ilke Homes a top 10 house builder.

Due to the build quality and airtightness, ilke’s homes are 20% more energy-efficient than traditionally built new builds and create 90% less waste.

modular home being lifted into position
modular home being lifted into position

Ilke Homes has begun rolling out zero-carbon homes across the country, as the race to net-zero continues to stimulate improved sustainability in the construction industry.

Housing minister Esther McVey said: “The North of England has the potential to lead the world in the modern methods of construction that are transforming home building.

“An industry that when matured would be worth £40bn a year and provide up to 80,000 jobs. We need to fully embrace this.

“This £30m investment in ilke Homes is a significant step forwards in the development of the ‘Construction Corridor’ – a new hub in the North that is front and centre of building the homes we need.

Ike homes factory
Ike homes factory

“It’s vital we invest in new technology to get Britain building. Homes built using modern methods can be of higher quality, greener and built to last.”

Back in May, ilke Homes agreed the UK’s largest ever modular housing deal with Places for People for 750 homes.

Recently, ilke Homes launched an onsite academy dedicated to training up a new generation of engineers to manufacture modular homes.