Affordable Homes in Essex to Deliver Their Own Energy
Company ilke Homes has begun work to deliver 221 affordable homes in Southend-On-Sea, Essex. Quadrant Smart looks at how this project will see houses deliver their own source of energy.

Delivering a mix of affordable apartments and houses at Fossetts Way, ranging in size from one to four-bedroom family homes, ilke Homes is working on behalf of The Guinness Partnership. The company is focusing on scaling up its operations and delivering over 10,000 sustainable homes over the next five years.

Creating A Sustainable Community Is The Focus

The development is owned by The Guinness Partnership, a registered provider and shareholder in ilke Homes, and is being delivered with support from Homes England.

Of the 221 new homes that are being delivered, 54 are specified to be zero carbon, meaning that they will generate their own source of energy, helping to drastically reduce emissions produced by utilities such as electricity and heating.

Matt Suggitt, Development Director South East at ilke Homes explained that providing a sustainable community is needed: “We are incredibly pleased to be delivering yet another affordable and sustainable housing scheme in the South East, bringing our pipeline to over 1,000 homes across five sites in the region.”

We look forward to delivering this scheme for The Guinness Partnership, in order to provide a truly sustainable and well-designed community with much-needed, high-quality housing in Southend.

After growing its pipeline to 3,500 homes, ilke Homes secured the site in March 2021, and successfully secured detailed planning in September 2021 under its turnkey offering, by which it acquires land, gains planning permissions, develops the sites and delivers the factory-built homes.

Marking the company’s continued expansion into the South East region, where it is already committed to delivering in excess of 1,000 homes across five sites, the announcement follows news that ilke Homes, in partnership with Octopus Energy and Gresham House, are rolling out the UK’s first homes to guarantee residents zero energy bills.

The partnership was launched on site in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, where ilke Homes is delivering the UK’s largest zero carbon housing development.

Using Technology Will Help Reduce Carbon Emissions

Precision-engineering techniques mean that ilke Homes will be able to deliver the scheme’s factory-built homes in half of the time that traditional methods take. By manufacturing offsite, the homes delivered will be of the highest quality as ilke Homes is able to benchmark standards at numerous stages of the build cycle.

In addition, by harnessing Ai, robotics, and digital design, the company is creating well-insulated homes, meaning fewer heat escapes, and therefore, is supporting the reduction of bills.

By providing zero carbon homes and employing the use of low carbon technologies, ilke Homes is helping to support the reduction of carbon emissions associated with the construction and operation of new build homes.