Bruceshaw explores the residential sector through modular housing
In its first Voice paper of 2019, Bruceshaw explores the question ‘Can modular housing solve the housing crisis?’
Modularity in design offers flexibility and ease of use, benefits that also have a positive impact on waste and cost, however this is coupled with the enduring PR problem that anything associated with prefabrication has.
However, this is only one of the issues the industry has to address if it is to meet the one million homes target by 2020, set out by the UK government.
Hot topics include:
How do we make use of local authority or social housing delivery mechanisms to ensure that small, contaminated pockets of developable land within urban centres are used to help sate demand for new homes where they are needed most?
Alternatively, can we ensure plots that are currently not financially viable for development through scale or contamination could be incentivised and made economically viable?
Can we relieve pressure on the middle and higher rungs of the housing ladder by providing smaller, high quality right sized ‘senior living’ homes for those currently at the top?
Can we ensure that developers look at the viability and delivery of quality schemes which meet resident accommodation requirements, provide easy access to a range of facilities and make senior living aspirational?
How do we encourage the use of Modern Methods of Construction across all housing developments by building well designed, qualities homes and change public perception?
Will MMC becomes the immediate focus for all architects, designers and developers, regardless of scheme location? If current UK housing targets are to be met and forward house building strategies to be realised.
We need an open and robust review of current planning legislation, including that of the green belt and preserved green spaces, to unlock the development potential of ex-industrial and brownfield sites within. How can we create greater communications amongst all stakeholders?
Technology and Skills Shortage
The desperate shortage of skilled trades, engineers and operators has and will continue to blight the construction sector. How do we overcome this in a practical, timely, effective and efficient way?
How do we encourage full acceptance of BIM across the supply chain?