The Swedish modular housing company BoKlok UK Ltd, which is jointly owned by the two companies Skanska and IKEA, is set to deliver 200 sustainable modular homes to South Bristol in Somerset.
If planning approval is given by the Bristol City Council the construction of the homes, which will be a speedy affair given the nature of modular building, will commence in the autumn of 2020, with 140 of the homes being reserved for the housing market while the remaining 60 will be reserved for social rent and shared ownership.
The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees stated: “At the festival’s launch a year ago, we said we would invite ideas from all over the world and be imaginative in solving the city’s housing emergency. This is exactly what BoKlok will bring with these exciting plans. We are also exploring how Bristol City Council might acquire a number of these new homes as part of our commitment to providing more social housing.”
The CEO of BoKlok, Jonas Spangenberg added: “When we entered the UK market, we pinpointed Bristol as a key city, and now we are excited to move ahead with the plans for Airport Road. We are here to stay for the long-term, making it possible for more people with average incomes to realise their dream of owning their home.”
The President and CEO of Skanska UK, Gregor Craig commented: “Skanska’s purpose is to build for a better society and BoKlok will broaden our offer in the UK with sustainable, quality homes at a low cost. Skanska has been actively involved in Bristol for many years, building or re-furbishing over 50 schools in the area. So, I am delighted that these plans for BoKlok would extend our association with the city.”
The Bristol Housing Festival’s Project Director, Jez Sweetland concluded: “The festival is all about re-imagining new and better ways to live in our cities. BoKlok provide creative solutions with a fantastic track record of creating great homes and strong communities, we are really thrilled to be working with them.”
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