Taking a modular approach

Luke Barnes and Graham Owens

It has have been heralded as one of the ways that the industry can deliver the homes the country needs.

Off-site construction is on the rise and is seen as a way of helping speed up developments.

Earlier this year two entrepreneurs opened the North West’s first dedicated modular homes factory.

Luke Barnes and Graham Owens launched Ideal Modular Homes on Triumph Business Park in Speke.

They believe their new offering will shake up the modular housing construction industry with its innovative building techniques and advanced programming systems.

Barnes was previously a design engineer before turning developer to work on projects around the world together with his business partner.

Owens, a software engineer, ran his own company developing bespoke operating systems for large corporations.

They have now created a state of the art manufacturing system for modular housing. The 70,000 sq ft factory will operate 24 hours a day and employ 150 people.

It is able to produce more than 10 units a week.

Chief executive Barnes said: “We are looking to deliver at least 450 homes in our first year.”

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