A new residential development which consists of 22 Ilke Homes modular units.
Ilke Homes manufactured the units off-site to the highest quality standards, whilst simultaneously the groundworks package, including the foundations, were installed. This significantly reduced the overall construction programme. All the proposed modular homes at this site have exemplary thermal performance and are considered ‘A’ rated under their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), resulting in a low carbon footprint and low heating bills.
Dice undertook the substructure foundation design, private drainage & external works design, as well as the road & sewer design. The modular foundations included the proposed plinth design, sub-floor walls and associated substructure drainage which enables the product to meet NHBC standards. This process required high levels of co-ordination with the Ilke Homes design & manufacturing team, ensuring that the proposed foundations met the requirements of the Ilke Homes superstructure design, whilst also complying with building control.
A key challenge occurred during the design development stage when the manufacture of a specific house type was unable to be completed using the new factory built steel frame design. As a result, Dice engineers had to pivot and redesign the proposed substructure to suit an older steel frame design. This resulted in the foundation widths and plinth sizes to alter significantly. Dice were able to accommodate this design change efficiently, helping to maintain programme aspirations, whilst also mitigating contractual disputes between the end client and the modular manufacturer.
Dice’s involvement in this project was crucial. When a key problem arose with the manufacture of a specific house type, they displayed a ‘can do’ approach to resolving this issue which enabled the project to stay on-track.Elizabeth Woodhouse, Architect, Keepmoat Homes