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BoKlok, the Swedish offsite housing provider, outlines plans for 200 homes in Bristol

BoKlok UK Ltd, the sustainable, quality and low-cost home provider jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has announced plans to develop 200 homes in south Bristol with Bristol City Council.

Bristol City Council, who owns the Airport Road site, has committed to pursuing the development of this partnership with BoKlok as part of the five-year Bristol Housing Festival which is trialling innovative offsite housing solutions across the city.

The proposed development will be the first BoKlok community in Bristol. About 140 of the homes will be for market sale under the BoKlok brand. The remaining homes will be for social rent and shared ownership.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “At the festival’s launch a year ago, we said we would invite ideas from all over the world and be imaginative in solving the city’s housing emergency. This is exactly what BoKlok will bring with these exciting plans. We are also exploring how Bristol City Council might acquire a number of these new homes as part of our commitment to providing more social housing.”

BoKlok has more than 20 years’ experience and has developed about 12,000 homes in the Nordics. Jonas Spangenberg, CEO of BoKlok, said: “When we entered the UK market we pinpointed Bristol as a key city, and now we are excited to move ahead with the plans for Airport Road. We are here to stay for the long-term, making it possible for more people with average incomes to realise their dream of owning their home.”

BoKlok is jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA. Gregor Craig, President and CEO, Skanska UK said: “Skanska’s purpose is to build for a better society and BoKlok will broaden our offer in the UK with sustainable, quality homes at a low cost. Skanska has been actively involved in Bristol for many years, building or re-furbishing over 50 schools in the area. So, I am delighted that these plans for BoKlok would extend our association with the city.”

Jez Sweetland, Bristol Housing Festival’s Project Director, said: “The festival is all about re-imagining new and better ways to live in our cities. BoKlok provide creative solutions with a fantastic track record of creating great homes and strong communities, we are really thrilled to be working with them.”

For further information, please contact:

Dianne Lowther, Communications Business Partner, Skanska UK, +44 7392 098961

Lewis Williams, External Communications Officer, Bristol City Council, +44 117 90 37586

Charlotta Herte, Head of Sales, Market and Communications, BoKlok, +46 10 448 88 31

About BoKlok

  • BoKlok is a residential housing concept providing sustainable, quality and low-cost home ownership. BoKlok is developed and jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA. To date, BoKlok has developed about 12,000 homes in Sweden, Finland and Norway.
  • Skanska is an industry leader in residential development and construction. IKEA has the same reputation within home furnishings and furniture production. The extensive BoKlok partnership takes the strengths from each company and creates a pioneering concept where advanced engineering meets the human aspects of what a home should be.
  • BoKlok homes are completed off-site in a safe and dry environment using a smart and industrialised process. This enables predictability, high quality and low costs.
  • BoKlok, having the most satisfied customers in the residential sector in Sweden 2017 and 2018, will put satisfied customers very high on the agenda and aims to set new customer satisfaction standards in the UK market.

About Bristol Housing Festival

  • An initiative of Bristol One City, The Festival is running over five years and is supported by Bristol City Council, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, WECA and The Shaftesbury Partnership. It will act as an incubator to road-test, in a real-world scenario, both existing concepts and innovative solutions designed to accelerate the delivery of quality, affordable housing. These will include exploring smart technology and off-site manufacturing. The Festival will also highlight the ambition and work that is already underway in the city through partnerships, innovators, community groups and pioneers.

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