Green light for Japanese prefab housing giant to build UK village

The largest village in the UK to be manufactured offsite using modern volumetric construction has been given the go-ahead.

South Cambridgeshire District Council approved plans for the fenland village of Inholm, part of the second phase of Cambridgeshire’s new town Northstowe, which will be built by Japanese modular builder Sekisui and developer Urban Splash and comprise 10,000 homes when complete.

Inholm itself will be made up of 406 modular homes, which will include retirement homes and mixed-use buildings. The modular homes will include designs by architect shedkm, which can be configured by the buyer to their own design before being built in a factory and delivered to site, reports Construction Manager

The majority of homes will be built in a factory in Alfreton in the East Midlands.

Mark Latham, regeneration director at House, the company backed by Urban Splash and Sekisui, said: “We are delighted to launch our first homes in this part of the country and are excited about the opportunities ahead at Northstowe as we contribute to this emerging town.

“We want to break new ground and surprise people using the latest building methods combined with bespoke designs. We are offering a range of customisable homes and apartments to suit a wide range of modern families, lifestyles and budgets. We can’t wait to get going.”

Stephen Kinsella, chief land and development officer at Homes England, said: “This is a really ambitious proposal for 406 homes using modern methods of construction, and the quality design of these homes really reflects our ambition to deliver outstanding places.”

Image: Artist’s impression of Inholm village

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