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Friday, 27 November 2020

Nine homes built in four days at Newark development

On Wednesday 22 January, the first modules were craned into place, ready for the finishing touches to be made.


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Nine zero-carbon homes have been built in just four days this week at a revolutionary new development in Fernwood, Newark. This is the fourth modular development built by Positive Homes – a Nottingham-based modular developer.

The Newlands site in Fernwood, Newark (NG24 3JX) has seen an empty plot of land transform into a housing estate with three terraces comprising nine high-quality and fully sustainable modular houses.

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Three plots have already been sold subject to contract (STC) with the remaining plots being marketed by William H Brown. Nine houses will make up the three terraces, with mid-terrace properties priced at £175,000 and end-terrace plots at £180,000.

Each home, which is made up of two modules – a ground and a first floor – was precision-engineered by leading modular manufacturer ilke Homes at its factory in Knaresbough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Newark ready for the installation.


Joining up the modules, roofing, laying the guttering and commissioning the power services inside will take place over the next few weeks with completion aimed for mid-February. Following completion, the first residents will then begin to move into their new property.

Martin Valentine, CEO of Positive Homes said: “Modular housing is a completely different way of construction when you compare it to traditional methods. Because our houses are factory-built it means it only takes a matter of hours to put them in place once they’re brought to site.

“This means they are precision-engineered to the highest possible standards and will be sustainable for the years to come, something we’re incredibly passionate about at Positive Homes, especially when the climate change crisis is so prominent in everyone’s minds.”

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Every Positive Home has an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of A and will feature three bedrooms, one bathroom, a downstairs W.C, lounge, a large open plan kitchen/diner, an entrance hall, off-road parking and landscaped front and rear gardens.

Dave Sheridan, executive chairman at ilke Homes, said: “Given the enormity of the climate change challenge, it’s crucial that as an industry we make determined efforts to shift towards a far-more sustainable approach. Offsite manufacturing consumes considerably less energy than traditional construction methods and is the most efficient method of delivering high-quality and highly-sustainable homes at speed.

“By switching to offsite manufacturing, we can quickly deliver the zero-carbon homes of the future. We’re proud to be working alongside Positive Homes, and leading the way in delivering the very best and most sustainable homes on the market.”

The Newlands site is Positive Homes’ fourth development, following its sites in Chesterfield, Keyworth and Top Valley, and the team already have their sights firmly set on securing more locations in the near future.

Martin added: “All of our sites are a revolutionary design which are not only built to last but are built to save money in the long run as well. That’s what makes them perfect for first time buyers and why it was of paramount importance to us that the properties were on the scheme.”