Great news for Sunderland as work has been completed on housing association Gentoo Group’s development of ten new modular homes in Pennywell. 


The unique development, which can be seen from Chester Road, showcases the first time Gentoo has used modular homes as part of its new build housing stock.  


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The distinctive homes differ from Gentoo’s other new housing developments across the city as the homes were built in a factory and transported to the site before being craned into place by expert teams from Ilke Homes and our contracting partner, EQUANS.  

Tenants who have now moved into the two and three-bedroom homes will benefit from private car parking spaces, and high-quality homes.  

The homes, which received grant funding from Homes England, will run mainly on renewable energy supplied by solar PV panels and an air source heat pump. All the new homes also feature an electric car charging point as standard.  


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Brand new modular homes in Pennywell, Sunderland 


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Joanne Gordon, Development Director at Gentoo Group, said: “We’re delighted with the outcome of these modular homes, which have been built and occupied in just over a year. 


“There’s lots of benefits to using this construction method that we’re keen to explore as part of our exciting affordable development programme, and we are sure that the tenants who have moved into these homes will find them a great place to live.” 


Louise Buckton, New Build Director at EQUANS, said: “We are proud to have delivered the first modular housing scheme for Gentoo. Modular homes provide a lot of benefits, not least reduced construction time, while still offering the same high-quality tenants would expect. 


“We know that future residents will enjoy their smart new homes and we are looking forward to working more with Gentoo in the future as they look to explore using more modern methods of construction to add to their housing stock.” 


News of the development completing follows from Gentoo’s recent announcement of a major housing improvement scheme in Pennywell where more than 1,100 homes will be modernised using a unique whole house approach.  


These new modular homes are part of the Group’s £165 million investment into delivering 1200 affordable homes across Sunderland by 2026.

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