Thursday, May 21, 2020

IKEA Readies Modular Housing Launch in Britain, Is US Next?

BoKlok UK, jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has announced that it has appointed modular housing manufacturer TopHat, to help deliver part of its first product offering in the UK.

With design work already well underway on BoKlok’s Bristol and Peacehaven developments, the five-year contract will see TopHat work with BoKlok to manufacture two and three-bedroom houses.

Like all BoKlok developments, the homes will be made from timber frames and will feature key BoKlok characteristics such as natural light, low energy consumption and IKEA fittings. All homes will be BOPAS (Building Offsite Property Assurance Scheme) certified.

TopHat utilizes precision-led modern methods of construction (MMC) technology using sustainable materials in factories to produce high quality homes at pace.

“We are delighted to be working with TopHat. We share the same ambition to bring innovation and sustainability to the UK housing market, which means attractive and good quality homes for people on average incomes,” said Graeme Culliton, BoKlok UK managing director.

“Our two companies complement one another well, with TopHat bringing its high levels of automated manufacturing expertise and BoKlok having over 20 years’ experience developing and manufacturing over 12,000 homes in the Nordics. As we venture into the UK, we believe that TopHat will contribute to our long-term vision and success, to provide quality, low-cost homes, using sustainable materials and modern methods of construction.”

“BoKlok is a leader in MMC and we are extremely proud that it has selected TopHat based on the quality of our work,” said Jordan Rosenhaus, chief executive of TopHat.

“TopHat’s cutting-edge technology platform underpins our manufacturing processes and enables us to deliver quality and consistency at lower cost. We look forward to working with BoKlok, as they deliver their first homes in the UK!” 

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