Meet our partners

Read more below about our innovative partners and suppliers we're collaborating with for Gateshead Innovation Village and how they are contributing to this exciting project.


  • Homes England

    • Homes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.

      Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.

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  • Elliott Associates

    • In this, Elliott Associates’ 30th year of successful trading as Chartered Quantity Surveyors and Cost Consultants, we are particularly pleased to be working with Home Group on this truly innovative project.

      The majority of our commissions for the role of Employer’s Agent/Cost Consultant come from the affordable housing sector.  We work with the vast majority of regional RPs, together with a number of national RPs, and it is exceptionally important that we are at the forefront of current thinking.

      In the past we were the first in the region to undertake a design and build project with a housing association.  In 2000 we undertook the first PPC2000 project, working with North British (now PfP) and the contract’s draftsman David Mosey.  More recently we were part of the team responsible for the delivery of Inside Housing’s Development of the Year, Eston Community Village.

      We handle in excess of £60 million of residential development per annum.  Our appointment by Home to this innovative project is very important to us, we anticipate that much will be learnt about the delivery of Modular and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) during the life of the project and, as such, it will be a hugely important addition to our housing DNA.

      We are excited about the challenges ahead and the pioneering approach by our client Home Group.


    • Acquiring renowned construction experts Keepmoat Regeneration in 2017, ENGIE offers global knowledge and expertise on urban energy, healthcare and education, alongside integrated partnerships with local authorities, ensuring a dedicated and passionate service is offered throughout all building projects.

      Working collaboratively with all the partners, we will be pushing boundaries with the latest concepts and innovative techniques within the construction industry, and this project will help to showcase a variety of solutions to tackle the UK housing crisis.

  • Extreme Low Energy

    • Extreme Low Energy are an award winning, low energy ‘power infrastructure’ company. Specialising in reducing energy losses within buildings; through the use of high efficiency DC power distribution, battery storage and solar generation. Through a combination of industry proven technologies, utilised in a new and innovative way; ELe equipment can substantially reduce energy use, operational costs and lifetime maintenance of power outputs within buildings. Used in conjunction with modern building techniques, there is potential to reduce the carbon footprint, increase safety and simply electrical installs of construction projects.

      - Mark Buchanan, Founder and Technical Director

  • Fairhurst

    • More information coming soon...

  • Gateshead Council

    • Gateshead is keen to be involved in helping to build the right homes for the future to meet our population’s housing needs. To deliver this we are open to working with our partners on forward thinking projects like Gateshead Innovation Village.  

      “We welcome this project to build around 40 innovative modular homes for affordable rent in Gateshead, especially at a time when affordable housing and housing delivery is a big issue.  Modular housing has huge potential to speed up the delivery of new homes and we look forward to showcasing the best designs here in Gateshead. ”

      Councillor Malcolm Brain, Cabinet Member for Housing

  • ID Partnership

    • IDP are an award-winning multidisciplinary architecture practice. First established in 1982 as Smith Darby Partnership, our office in St Jude’s Church, Newcastle opened in 1989 as Ian Darby Partnership.

      IDP has worked closely with Home Group and Engie to develop a range of contemporary, forward thinking house types and a bold housing layout that integrates and invigorates the surrounding area. These experimental houses have been designed to accommodate the specific features associated with each of the different modern methods of construction whilst maintaining a cohesive and pleasing living environment.

  • ilke Homes

    • At ilke Homes we build and supply modular homes to the UK’s housing market using the latest offsite manufacturing techniques. 

      We operate independently and work with our partners to help them create sustainable communities they can be proud of. 

      With an ambitious and keen sense of social purpose, our mission is to build better homes and to build them in a better way. Our offsite manufacturing techniques bring additionality to traditional construction methods enabling us to deliver homes on a national scale. 

      With a focus on inspiring design we create beautiful, energy-efficient homes, quickly and efficiently, with real families in mind.

      Working in partnership with a diverse range of UK’s leading suppliers, housebuilders, developers, RPs and local authorities we are committed to delivering desirable, affordable and quality homes the UK needs.

  • Intelligent steel

    • Intelligent Steel are pleased to be partnering with Home Group on this ground-breaking scheme, we look forward to true data from all construction method for this development.  Light steel frame construction offers a sustainable efficient solution to the UK’s housing crisis but still allows for complete design freedom. Not everyone wants a shoe box, and this scheme showcases how Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) can deliver an interesting development.

      Intelligent Steel supports architects, consultants, developers and contractors to offer the most cost effective residential solutions. Design flexibility and speed of build which is key in MMC back with market leading thermal performance, manufactured from 60% recycled materials that is 99% recyclable with a 250-year life cycle. Our experience covers residential houses, residential multi-rise to 10 floors in the residential market.

      Fulfilling the UK’S need for affordable house is key for the construction industry and we feel well placed with our unique methods, offering houses on 15-day lead time and 3 days install ready for follow on trades which is a true solution to the UK social housing shortage.

  • Premier

    • Premier Modular Limited is a leading manufacturer and supplier of modular buildings demonstrating a history of quality solutions over a 60-year period. We offer beautifully engineered homes, from singular module extensions to multi-storey residential schemes. Premier have the established capabilities to provide the perfect permanent housing solution, with modular off-site construction proven to be more efficient than traditional builds with faster return on investments and reduced development loan interest. Combined with environmentally conscious ethos and innovative design, our approach comprises volumetric modules fully fitted out with the option of delivery to site or ex works. Typically each house will consist of a ground floor and first floor module however these can be manufactured and combined in order to provide larger floor footprints to suit your needs. We understand it is the small touches that help make a house a home, with that in mind our specialist in house design team will work closely with the client to create a bespoke flexible design tailored for their needs.

  • Simply Modular

    • At Simply Modular we design and manufacture high quality affordable modular homes using a ‘Local Volumetric’ small module format which allows easy delivery and access to restricted sites. Using a hybrid of timber frame and SIPs we have the strength of timber and the performance of SIPs, giving extremely low U-values and insulation levels close to Passiv standards.

      Our fabric first all-electric approach delivers exceptional quality, value, and performance along with extremely low maintenance and running costs.

      We offer a number of standard designs to reduce the total cost of the build and speed delivery, but can also create customised homes to order.

  • Storm Tempest

    • Storm Tempest Ltd are delighted to be part of the consultancy team for Home Group’s Gateshead Innovative Village project for which we are providing Principal Designer Services for. We have a passion for driving forward improvements in worker health and safety. Our client base is predominately Registered Social Providers, where we have provided a wide range of CDM Services from Planned Maintenance, Major Refurbishment and Regeneration Schemes, new build housing development schemes and Extra Care / Older Persons Schemes. We are currently involved with a number of exciting new build projects for Home Group in England and Scotland as part of their ambitious plans to build 10,000 homes by 2021. Following the introduction of the CDM 2015 Regulations we undertook a full review of our CDM Service and have developed a dedicated and skilled CDM team within our business to meet the demands of the CDM Regulations and to ensure that our client’s responsibilities are suitably discharged.

  • Wondrwall

    • Daniel Burton, CEO and founder, Wondrwall Ltd. Serial entrepreneur and active networker with huge experience in successfully bringing technology companies to market. Extensive experience in leading technical IP strategy/landscaping for technology projects. Focus on building commercialisation opportunities from open innovation leads, liaising with external technology partners & experts. Prior businesses included Organic Electronics Innovation and Corecom Global. 

  • Xella UK

    • Xella are a global company supplying innovative building materials to the construction industry from our 100 factories. The Xella Casco system to be used by Home Group is brand new to the UK and is a AAC lightweight concrete house the components of the structure wall panels/floors/lintols are delivered cut to size as a modular element. and need only site assembly giving huge advantages.

      As the panels are waterproof once the house frame is erected and taken off the critical path, the inside of the house can be constructed with the external skin (brickwork/brick slip/render/etc) can follow.

      • A cost effective method of construction using thin bed mortar technology
      • Modular delivery , from your drawings.
      • Increased speed and accuracy of build
      • Airtight construction
      • As the whole structure is built using the same material there are no thermal bridging problems
      • Fire resistant construction
      • No building waste
      • No site cutting
      • No manual lifting on site
      • Can be built using semi skilled labour
      • The storey height panels are ready for direct spray plaster finish.

      This is a world wide proven system for 30 years and we are pleased to be introducing this system first into the UK with Home Group.