Images giving a ‘first look’ at the latest development of 131 factory-built affordable homes in Arnold have been revealed.

Modular housing pioneer ilke Homes is manufacturing the homes offsite for Jigsaw Homes Group which will eventually own and operate the scheme on Rolleston Drive, to be known as Birch Fields.

The computer generated images show how some of the 45 two-bedroom homes, 73 three-bedroom homes and 13 four-bedroom homes could look.

A total of 46 homes are available through shared ownership from Snugg Homes, part of Jigsaw Homes Group. The remaining 85 for affordable rent will be managed by Jigsaw Homes Midlands and allocated to local people. Prices for the shared ownership properties are yet to be agreed.

The development has been named Birch Fields to reflect the naming of its streets after fallen soldiers, many of whom died on the battlefields, and the birch tree, which is a symbol of new beginnings.

The street names – Armson, Butler, Clegg, Dexter and Hammond – were chosen by some of Gedling Borough Ward and Parish councillors after soldiers who lost their lives serving during the First and Second World Wars and are commemorated at the War Memorial at nearby Arnot Hill Park.

Work to manufacture the homes will begin at ilke Homes’ 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire in February, before the first phase of 15 are delivered to the site at the end of March.

These are expected to be in place, tested and ready in May 2022 with all 131 homes completed by summer 2023.

A number of the properties at the Homes England-backed scheme will be fitted with a mix of photovoltaic (PV) panels and Air Source Heat Pumps to maximise energy efficiency.

Joanne Bonnington, Assistant Director of Development at Jigsaw Homes Group said: “We are really pleased to see what the homes will look like. Having visited the factory to see some being constructed, these new images really bring it all to life. Some people may think modular homes will look a little different because they are factory made, but these pictures showcase the quality and standard people can expect.

“We are looking to deliver and build our new homes more sustainably and these do just that as well as being affordable and meeting the local housing need.”