UK's first flatpack homes go on show

The UK's first flatpack homes have been built and are expected to welcome their new residents from next month.

The first homes on the site have been constructed

The first homes on the site have been constructed

Work on the first block of flats in Gateshead has been completed and a show home has been opened for future residents and potential buyers to examine.

The BoKlok (pronounced 'Boo Klook') homes were pioneered by Ikea and proved a hit in Scandinavia before the furniture giant brought the concept to the UK last year and teamed up with UK developer Live Smart @ Home.

The one and two-bedroom flats and two and three-bedroom houses aim to achieve eco-homes 'excellent' status and will exceed current building regulations on thermal efficiency.

The green design aspects include:
  • Installation of energy efficient white goods and controlled flow rate taps
  • Recycling facilities internally and recycling stations externally
  • Large windows to reduce the need to use electric lighting
  • Easy accessibility to public transport and cycle routes
  • Minimal use of tarmac to aid surface water drainage Longlife rubber roofing that can easily be recycled

  • The homes are expected to use up to a third less energy than conventional homes when occupied, as well as saving energy and wastage during construction.

    A spokesman for Live Smart @ Home told edie: "Because everything is done under factory conditions, there is less wastage and we are only on site for half the time of a normal build."

    The developer was inundated with applications for the homes and last week, buyers had their first opportunity to see what their new homes - kitted out with Ikea furnishings - will look like.

    Alan Prole, managing director of Live Smart @ Home, said: "This is a very exciting time for everyone concerned in this development and we are now looking forward to welcoming our first residents."

    A total of 93 BoKlok homes will be built, with prices ranging from £99,500 for a one-bedroom flat to £149,995 for a three-bedroom house. People can buy them outright, opt for shared ownership, or rent.

    The company hopes to roll out the concept across the UK and a second site in the north is expected to be announced this year.

    Kate Martin



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