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Government Primes Prefab for Housing Crisis Fight

If you have read our blog in the past you will see how we like to keep abreast of anything involving modular building and one of those things we are interested in is the ability of modular construction to help with the UK housing shortage. With Housing in our opinion overpriced and many being squeezed out, is the long term answer. Prefabricated homes provide high quality housing at a cost that is affordable to the hard-working British family. We have come across an interesting article on the architects journal website. it seems the UK government is with us on this one.

Prefab housing designed by AHMM with Maccreanor Lavington for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Laing O’ Rourke. The project redevelops the 1960s Lintons Estate
The government has renewed support for offsite manufacture in a bid to ‘revolutionise’ housebuilding

Last week housing minister Mark Prisk confirmed he would set up a working group to promote housing assembly from large, factory-made components. The move comes almost a decade after John Prescott’s failed attempt to boost housing supply with a wave of £60,000 quick-to-build homes (AJ 09.08.05).

Aimed at reducing costs and improving speed and carbon efficiency, the prefab drive is the latest attempt to solve a deepening housing crisis, which saw fewer than 100,000 homes started in 2012.It comes as major house builders including Barratt and Taylor Wimpey announced doubled profits, despite the industry’s failure to supply enough homes.

The focus will be on private rented, self-build and affordable housing and the working group will look at how to tempt investment into the sector and create market conditions which boost confidence in the method. Prisk’s statement followed the submission of a government-commissioned Construction Industry Council (CIC) report on promoting offsite construction.

This called for new manufacturing facilities, tax incentives, a more stable regulatory framework, the release of ‘oven ready’ public plots and a new Institute for Future Housing Research.CIC review participant Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates insisted mass production could boost environmental and space standards. He said: ‘When you look at offsite solutions like Rational House in Hammersmith, you get a higher quality than you get elsewhere at the moment.’ Prefabricated homes offer a solution to space, cost and material problems here in the UK.

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