The Royal Borough of Greenwich has chosen a consortium of firms to deliver up to 750 energy efficient and affordable council homes across the borough.
The ‘carbon positive’ modular homes will be developed at various locations across the borough over the next five years by the alliance, which includes A&E Elkins, Ideal Modular Homes, and ShedKM.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich claims the £300m contract is the UK’s largest ever modular housing deal.
It is claimed that the homes can be manufactured in four days and installed on site in eight – cutting delivery programme time in half and reducing construction-related noise and disruption.
The first homes are due on site before the end of this year.
A&E Elkins managing director Ray Elkins said his firm was “delighted” to be supporting the Royal Borough of Greenwich in its “quest to provide high-quality, affordable homes that exceed carbon-zero standards and reduce fuel poverty for local communities”.
Alex Flint, director at ShedKM, added: “Designed to exemplar standards with sustainability at their heart, the homes will feature exceptional space standards, large expanses of glazing, and robust facing materials,” he said.
Greenwich councillor Anthony Okereke also expressed his approval of the deal, which he said would help the borough meet its pledges of delivering 750 new council homes and reaching net zero-carbon emissions by 2030.
“With plans for construction on 750 new homes to be underway by 2022, we’re excited to be at the forefront of delivering innovative zero-carbon council properties, making good on Royal Greenwich’s commitments to tackling both the housing crisis and climate change,” he said.
The project is estimated to run for five years, with a possible extension of a further five years.
Image: Artist’s impression of the modular homes in greenwich. Credit: Cosmocube