Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?

HTA Design LLP, Tide Construction Ltd - Apex House, Wembley © Richard Southall

PLACE Ladywell

Swan Housing

With the current big push on factory-made housing, what are the new, innovative models of design, construction and delivery for housing in the capital? With new approaches are new housing typologies coming to the fore? How do the economies of factory production stack up? How sustainable are these methods? How are intelligent systems increasing variations without adding to costs? Why are these methods not yet mainstream?

While recent developments indicate we may be on the cusp of a step change, a new ‘modular mindset’ is still needed to overcome perceived barriers that remain around the take-up of factory-made housing in London. The NLA research looking at factory-made housing proposes how London might revolutionise attitudes, processes and delivery to achieve better-quality housing using a manufacturing-led approach. 

Formed of roundtables, viewpoints and interviews with leading experts working in this field, the research is supported by a project showcase illustrating examples of factory-made homes currently being delivered across London, supplemented with projects from the rest of the UK, internationally, and across other sectors where there are lessons applicable to the capital. 

The results have informed a publication, exhibition and series of events, launched on Tuesday 09 October 2018. The exhibition will remain open to the public in the NLA galleries until January 2019 and during this time events will take place to further explore key themes, such as how London might achieve this modular mindset, learning from postwar prefabs and unlocking small sites with MMC.

NLA’s Housing programme is year-round, covering key issues such as affordable housing, public sector land, the private rented sector, the appropriate densification of housing and how we enable small developers and custom builders.

 

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This Research Paper forms a key part of NLA’s Housing programme, a year-round programme which tackles the key pressures on London’s education and health sectors including lack of available land, rising demand for education places and the growth of emerging research districts. 

Support starts at £4,250+VAT

For further details contact Aurelia Amanitis or call 020 7636 4044

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