February 1, 2008 In the latest news from the IKEA affordable housing project in the UK, the first BoKlok display home has been unveiled in Gateshead. A two-bedroom apartment has been fitted out, along with a two-bedroom unit converted to an office/marketing complex that features a BoKlok exhibition area. The apartment and the unit are open now for the public to view.

The show apartment for the efficient, flexible housing project resulting from a partnership between property company Live Smart @ Home and Swedish furniture giant IKEA has been furnished to create a spacious and realistic living space designed to appeal to young couples and families in particular.

Applications to purchase a home in the new housing project opened in October and soon after it was announced that an additional 57 homes had been approved for development. Work on the first block of apartments (six units) at St James Village in Felling is now nearing completion and it is expected that the first residents will begin moving into their apartments in March.