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Saturday19 August 2017

Rogers' flatpack homes set for more sites

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YMCA charity hopes initiative will tackle housing crisis

The Y:Cube flatpack homes scheme designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners is set to be rolled out to more sites in the south of England.

The homes are built off-site using materials from products supplier SIG and craned into place. As well as a bedroom, they come with a living room, bathroom and kitchen and have a lifespan of 60 years.

The initiative is being spearheaded by the YMCA charity and the first 36 homes have been installed at Clay Avenue in Mitcham, south London with 90% of the scheme now occupied.

Simon Tanner, head of the Y:Cube development at the YMCA, said it had identified six more sites for the homes – four in south-west London, one to the east of the capital and another on the south coast. A seventh is expected at a site in western England.

He said RSHP and engineer Aecom had come up with design modifications for the homes which would get their build costs down from a current £52,000 to below £50,000.

Feasibility studies for all the sites are currently taking place with the first three due with prospective clients – a mix of local authorities and registered social housing providers – at the end of this month. “Planning could start towards the end of February,” he added.

The number of homes earmarked for each site is expected to vary from 15 through to 36. Tanner said: “We don’t want to cram homes in. We want to do things sensibly.”

 

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  • The initiative to produce low-cost housing is commendable, although I have to say the end result is a cut-too far at the expense of the their appearance and impact on our communities. Surely it'd be worthwhile as a society for projects such as this to spend say £1K-2K more per flat to achieve something which looks decent. Or perhaps RSHP haven't the talent to achieve that if this result is what they had produced...

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  • Austin Clegg

    My children would love this play area, with its three storey wendy houses and matching slide.
    However, it would also be good to have a picture of what the RSH&P houses will look like.

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