SIXTYK consortium, led by the housebuilder Crest Nicholson, is announced as preferred developer for 3.9 ha site in ODPM competition.

The government has unveiled the latest site to be developed in its Design for Manufacture competition.

A new community is planned for a former hospital site in Coxheath, near Maidstone, Kent, as part of the deputy prime minister's modern methods of construction competition.

The SIXTYK consortium, led by the housebuilder Crest Nicholson with Kingspan Off-site and architect Sheppard Robson, has been announced as the preferred developer for the 3.9 ha site, formerly known as Linton hospital. The announcement marks the ninth out of 10 sites available through the competition, and is the second to be won by the consortium.

Last November, SIXTYK was also selected as preferred developers for another former hospital site in the competition, Renny Lodge in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

National regeneration agency English Partnerships is running the Design for Manufacture competition on behalf of the ODPM. It has challenged the housebuilding industry to look at how it can make construction methods more efficient by designing a home to high standards for a construction cost of £60,000.