• 14 October 2019
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Gateshead-based contractor Tolent has completed its first modular housing project in Newton Aycliffe.

In one day, two homes were delivered and assembled on site, in front of a captured audience of fascinated local residents.

Working with leading offsite manufacturer ilke Homes, six sections made up of the ground floor, first floor and roof sections were delivered to site and installed into position to create a pair of two-bedroom homes.

As an innovative product at the forefront of the housebuilding sector, modular housing is seen as a potential solution to the housing crisis with the factory-built homes not only requiring less labour, they can be built much faster than traditional homes.

Regional director for Tolent, Chris Price, said: “As our first fully modular housing project, it’s been a fascinating process to be a part of and fantastic to now see the homes in place.

“The speed and quality of this process is of huge benefit to us and our client Livin, but possibly the biggest benefit is to the local community. Using modular housing can halve the traditional build programme with residents less affected by noise, pollution and disruption as there are fewer lorry deliveries to the site.”

As a contractor who operates in a number of industry sectors, Tolent has a wealth of experience in other Modern Methods of Construction which are becoming more present in the housing market including: light gauge steel, timber frames, structural panel systems (SIPs) as well as hybrid solutions such as pre-fabricated bathroom and kitchen modules.

All ilke homes are precision-engineered in their factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and the high-quality and sustainable homes have been proven to cost as little as £1 a day to run, providing residents with significant savings on their energy bills.

Sean Brodie, executive director of finance and development, for Livin said: “We are excited to be embracing Modern Methods of Construction, including off-site construction, which is helping us to deliver our ambitious targets of providing much needed new homes in local communities.

“We are really impressed with the overall design and the quality of the finished product from ilke Homes and look forward to receiving feedback from our tenants.”

Dave Sheridan, executive chairman at ilke Homes, said: “It’s great to begin what we hope will be a long-lasting partnership with Tolent, as they wholeheartedly embrace Modern Methods of Construction. The homes at Newton Aycliffe are shining examples of how offsite construction and a forward-thinking approach can create homes that benefit families and the planet.

“By manufacturing each home in our factory, we can ensure better insulation and superior sound proofing. Our sustainable approach empowers consumers by enabling them to make considerable savings on energy bills, while reducing their homes’ impact on the environment.”

Tolent is currently on site in Durham on the £84.5m Milburngate development and Hadrian’s Tower, soon to be Newcastle’s tallest tower. 

With a resumé including Sunderland’s award-winning Beacon of Light, the UK headquarters of Sage in Gosforth, and the stunning 1846 Roundhouse in Camden and many projects across the country, the business recently announced plans for a £190m Garden Village in Seaham.

The proposed plans include 1,500 homes, half of which will be affordable houses and half of the village will be managed green space, including extensive parkland, a football pitch, play areas and allotments linked by a network of more than 4.75km of landscapes paths and cycleways.

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