Sustainable, quality, and low-cost home provider BoKlok UK Ltd has been granted planning consent for its first UK housing development at Airport Road, Bristol.
The new development will provide 173 family homes which will be available for market sale as well as support social housing schemes by Bristol City Council and local housing associations.
“We are delighted that we are able to bring forward our first project in the UK,” said Graeme Culliton, managing director and country manager of BoKlok UK, which is jointly owned by leading construction and project development company Skanska and world leader in functional and inviting homes IKEA.
“On Wednesday 24 June, Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved resolution to grant planning consent for new BoKlok homes at Airport Road, Bristol.
“We particularly welcome the councillors’ positive comments on the family and child friendly design of our development, as well as their recognition that we strive to build inclusive communities.
“Throughout the evolution of this project we have partnered with the local community, Bristol City Council, and the Bristol Housing Festival to create quality, sustainable homes at a lower price. We continue to work with the planning officers to ensure that the proposed cycleway is safe for pedestrians and cyclists as they travel alongside our development.”
The concept of BoKlok was born in the early 1990s when IKEA and Skanska came together to offer sustainable, good quality, low-cost home ownership.
The first BoKlok homes were completed in 1997 and so far, it has built almost 12,000 homes throughout Sweden, Finland and Norway.
Its aim is to bring Scandinavian design to the UK housing market, with bright and airy open plan properties, high ceilings and large windows. The homes are adapted to the local UK conditions and will be certified in accordance with Building Offsite Property Assurance Scheme and National Housing Building Council.
BoKlok’s Bristol development is expected to complete in 2021.