Solving the Capital’s Housing Crisis
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is funding a project promoting the standardisation of precision manufactured homes in a bid to solve the capital's housing crisis. Khan outlined his plans in a letter former Deputy Mayor of London and London Assembly member Nicky Gavron. The project is to be led by residential consultancy Cast, headed by Mark Farmer, and architect Bryden Wood.
Modernise or Die – Improve Productivity
As reported in an earlier edition of Weekly Insight, Farmer penned a review of the UK construction labour model called Modernise or Die, published in February 2016, which called upon construction to develop offsite methods to improve its productivity.
London Assembly Planning Recommendation
Khan’s decision follows a recommendation by the London Assembly's planning committee in its report into the contribution of offsite manufactured homes to London's housing crisis, called Designed, sealed, delivered to produce a manufactured housing design code for London. Work is due to start immediately and will be completed by the autumn. It will involve consultation with industry and is being jointly funded by a number of industry partners.
In his letter, Khan said that key outputs of the project would include:
- Research identifying what the greatest opportunities for standardisation of components are across a representative number of different housing typologies.
- Development of design principles for precision manufactured components, based on the findings of the research.
- Development of tools and designs to show how these principles can be applied in practice.
Help For Developers and HA’s
The information will be passed on to developers and housing associations in order to help them identify and order standardised, pre-manufactured components which Khan hopes will "aggregate demand for precision manufactured homes".
Mayor’s Question Time
Gavron, who raised the issue of manufactured homes offsite with Khan at Mayor's Question Time on 14 September last year, said: "The Mayor has approved funding to promote precision manufactured homes, which demonstrates his commitment to this form of home-building. "Moreover, it is the sort of leadership required to help galvanise the sector”.
London to ‘Take the Lead’
Gavron continued "The piece of work that will follow will be delivered collaboratively with industry and will create a fantastic opportunity for London to take the lead in moving construction nearer to manufacturing."
In a tweet, Farmer appeared to welcome the news, saying: "Sometimes tinkering with the rules of the game is not enough - you have to change the game."
Prefabrication Is Key
Factory prefabrication of elements, following ‘Considerate Constructor’ guidelines, and delivering “light”, “warm”, and “modern” buildings along with renewable energy components is part of our quest. Produced under off-site factory controlled conditions, these can go a long way toward offering low cost energy saving homes and improved communities. This includes the availability of carefully selected complimentary components and methods to speed up work on site as well as providing unusual and hard to find environmentally sound, eco-friendly, sustainable and complimentary building products and components that facilitate merging with local vernaculars.
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