Euramax makes steps into modular market
Leading UK window and door manufacturer to supply to modular homes
Euramax, has announced that it is supplying modular home manufacturer Ilke Homes with windows and doors for 2,000 modular homes. This collaboration marks a significant step for Euramax, as the business continues to progress in an increasingly valuable construction market.
The housing crisis, skills shortage and lack of affordable homes are issues that continue to plague the UK’s housing market. Modular construction, which involves constructing elements of a building offsite in a factory-controlled setting, before transporting them to site for assembly, offers a quicker and often less expensive solution to construction.
The builds can be constructed 30-50 per cent quicker than traditional constructions, with quality-controlled assembly sites and less material waste helping to provide more sustainable results.
Based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Euramax has collaborated with modular expert Ilke Homes to supply windows and doors for 2,000 of its homes. Ilke Homes, also based in Yorkshire, manufactures and supplies customisable modular homes, with a completion time of seven days, as well as offering turnkey development contracts and strategic partnerships with housing associations, private developers and local authorities.
“Euramax is delighted to work with Ilke Homes and partake in the development of its homes”, said Richard Banks, commercial director at Euramax. “Previously, Ilke Homes had been receiving separate deliveries for glass and window frames, which would then be sorted into specific module requirements. This meant that there was double the handling of products, increasing the risk of damage”, explained Banks.
“In addition, transportation of products was also increased as there were multiple stillages of glass and frames that were sent to the production line. Instead, Euramax has provided Ilke Homes with the glass and window frames in one stillage, ensuring they have everything they need for each module.
Speed is not the only key advantage of modular construction. With skilled workers producing modules at dedicated assembly sites, the construction method reduces the amount of noise and dust onsite to create a more environmentally friendly building process. “Not only did Euramax provide Ilke Homes with quality products, but it also provided us with a solution that streamlines our processes”, said Racheal Kaye, procurement manager at Ilke Homes.
“Receiving the glass and frames for each module in specific stillages means that we can save time and costs as handling, transport and damage is reduced. This not only optimises our own process, but greatly reduces our impact on the environment, helping us to maintain modular’s greener construction status. Euramax even provided module identification numbers to help us to identify the correct stillage for the required module, making the process even simpler”, added Kaye.
“We understand how important modular construction has become to help deliver the thousands more houses needed to alleviate the UK housing crisis — and we’re dedicated to supporting this in any way we can”, continued Banks.