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10 INDUSTRY NEWS


First modular home starts at research project in Gateshead


wide range of homes and construction methods being tried and tested together on the one site.


“Not only that, but we are really keen to understand what our customers like and don’t like about living in these types of homes. So we will be monitoring a range of aspects to check how these homes perform for the customers who live in them.”


affordable homes, including shared owner- ship and affordable rent tenures. Homes on the first phase of Wing are designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, and will offer a range of proper- ties, including 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments, and 2,3,4 and 5 bedroom houses. The development will also be homes to a wide range of facilities to support the new community, including a new primary school, sports pitches, allot- ments and retail and commercial space.


1,300 new homes for Cambridge


Willmott Dixon and EcoWorld target London together


Work has started on the first modular home for a “housing research” project in Tyne and Wear.


Gateshead Innovation Village, a live research project led by Home Group, will see a range of house designs take shape on the site. Working with an external research partner, the scheme will allow Home Group and its partners to “robustly compare and contrast modern methods of construction”. The project aims to highlight potential and viable solutions to the housing crisis in a bid to grow confidence in off-site builds within the sector. ilke Homes has started work on the first


modular volumetric unit that will be deliv- ered to the site. Bjorn Conway, CEO at ilke Homes said he was “proud to partner with Home Group to create sustainable communi- ties, bringing additional housing capacity to help solve the housing crisis.” Joy Whinnerah, head of delivery, Home Group also commented: “We’re all incredi- bly excited about this project as it will see a


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1,300 new homes are to be built at Wing in Cambridge, with a £22.4m funding deal accelerating the build by 18 months. Hill Marshall LLP, a joint venture between two Cambridge businesses, Marshall Group Properties and Hill, have secured the funding deal with Homes England.


The new development will be delivered on 160 acres of brownfield land owned by the Marshall Group. The 10-year loan, worth £22.4m, will be drawn from Homes England’s Home Building Fund. The money will be used to enable infra- structure works for the entire development, including the delivery of Main Spine Road, a strategic drainage network, pumping station and strategic landscaping. New transport infrastructure will also be deliv- ered as part of Wing, and the nearby Newmarket Road will be upgraded to create access to the development. The first phase of the development will


be delivered by Hill and, once complete, will comprise 350 private homes and 150


EcoWorld London has been launched by EcoWorld International and Willmott Dixon, with a view to delivering over 10,000 new homes across London and the South East.


The launch follows the recent completion of a joint venture, whereby Malaysian developer EcoWorld International acquired a 70 per cent stake in Be Living, the residential development arm of Willmott Dixon. Initially, EcoWorld London will develop 12 sites in Greater London and the South East of England, with an estimated gross development value of over £2.6bn.


Sir Edward Lister, the Chairman of


EcoWorld London, commented: “The capital is facing a chronic housing shortage. The launch of EcoWorld London will play a significant part in alleviating this, ensur- ing the delivery of much needed new homes that are accessible to those on middle incomes. “For many, London remains the de-facto capital of the globe, and it is imperative that together we provide enough housing to sustain its future.”


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