Jonthan Jarvis – Inside Housing
Will Providers Miss Out?
Inside Housing – Insight – Is Scotland Building Enough Affordable Homes
Speed of Recovery Matters
£12 Bn for ‘Affordables’
The new, £12bn affordable housing programme covering 2021 to 2028 is designed to deliver 180,000 affordable homes. What isn’t known is the detail of the programme and how quickly providers will be able to secure commitments for grant
Questions about the programme include:
- What will be the desired tenure mix? The recent announcement confirmed that houses let at a social rent will be included; but will, as some have speculated, the focus be homeownership?
- If it is to focus on homeownership, will we see a relaxation of the grant condition that a purchaser must acquire a minimum 25% stake in the property? If access to mortgage finance hardens, this condition may limit take-up and make delivery of the government’s target more challenging.
- What will be the timetable for its implementation? This is particularly important if there is only a limited amount of funding available for further schemes under the current programme.
Time –“Off the Essence”
- Nevertheless, social housing providers and developers alike will be hoping that the new programme is implemented swiftly. There remains enormous potential for the social housing sector to flourish in the current environment. But time is of the essence in providing the clarity providers need to move forward on schemes and preventing a hiatus in new schemes being committed.
Jonathan Jarvis is a partner in Devonshires
‘Affordable’ needs Energy Efficiency
Modular Off-site MMC SIP & Timber Frame structures provide excellent ways to save waste and deliver top energy rated homes. Working with architects, planners and environmentalists to satisfy all types of design, we are already well on the way to incorporating waste reduction measures into our procedures and processes. This means our ‘Volumetric’ and ‘Flat pack’ modular building solutions can ‘tread lightly on the earth’ as we adapt our business innovations and developments to your environmental needs.
For example, standard designs from our very low rise ‘SolidLox’ brand enable us to provide buildings that do not require massive foundations and which can avoid harming tree roots while delivering on time and within budget. Such projects require a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications. Applying DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) defines the process of taking these to the next level; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development – and to those who just ‘talk about it’!
Partnering for Modular Progress
All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.