Flagship hopes Norfolk homes become blueprint for future

Sixty homes built using a cutting-edge technique said to be up to 40% faster than traditional methods are taking shape in rural Norfolk.

Flagship Homes is delivering the properties at its Crown View development in Great Ellingham, halfway between Norwich and Thetford.

The project uses i-House, a modern method of construction (MMC) that sees prefabricated walls and roofs assembled on site after being built in a factory; an approach that makes it faster and less prone to delays due to bad weather and skills shortages.

In recent years, i-House has been used widely in mainland Europe, and is gaining popularity in the UK. Flagship says it hopes Crown View – where each home will have solar panels and be heated by an air source heat pump – will become a template for other projects.

Tony Tann, Flagship Homes’ managing director, said: “This method enables us to accelerate the delivery of high-quality, efficient and much-needed affordable homes to the local area.

“All 60 homes, which have been supported by a Homes England grant, are being built using this new technology and really proves how realistic it is to create affordable housing without compromising on quality or efficiency.

“We’re really proud of what’s been achieved here and grateful that all parties are working collaboratively to deliver this scheme. We hope it can be used as a blueprint for future developments.”

Crown View includes 30 shared ownership homes and 30 affordable rent homes – to be owned by Flagship’s housing association, Samphire Homes.

Breckland Council’s deputy leader, Sarah Suggitt recently had the chance to inspect the site. She praised the homes; their tall profile and high-pitched roofs give them a modern, European feel.

Suggitt, who is ward councillor for All Saints & Wayland, said: “This was a great opportunity for us to come together with Flagship and Lovell and not only see this development, but also to get an insight into this new housebuilding technology and see what the future holds.

“These 60 homes are much needed in the local community and will be a huge benefit to Great Ellingham and the wider area.

“At Breckland Council, we’re excited to see this take shape and look forward to the chance for further collaborations in the future, and appreciate being able to see it for ourselves.”

Simon Medler, regional managing director at partner construction firm, Lovell, said: “We pride ourselves on quality, innovation and using environmentally sustainable materials where possible, and these fantastic homes are being built using i-House along with air source heat pumps and solar PV panels.

“We’re confident that these new homes at Great Ellingham will prove popular, thanks to these benefits, as well as the location near Attleborough.

“This is a really positive partnership with Flagship Homes, and we enjoyed showcasing our building techniques to Breckland Council during their visit to the site.”

Main mage: The i-Houses being built by Flagship Homes in Great Ellingham, Norfolk

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