We’re looking how innovations in housing construction and manufacturing could improve the speed, scale, and quality of housing delivery across London.
The research will look at new construction techniques – such as modular construction and prefab homes – as well as innovative approaches to land assembly and tenure, and identify barriers to these innovations being adopted on a large scale.
The Mayor of London’s most pressing priority is to increase the availability of good quality, affordable homes for Londoners. The New London Plan has set out a rightly ambitious target: 66,000 homes to be delivered per year from 2019 onwards. This target reflects the need to catch up on housing delivery from previous years – only six boroughs met the targets set by the previous London Plan.
For this project, our research is focused on tackling some of the stumbling blocks that have hindered housing delivery; namely “where” to build – the availability, provision and assembly of land – and “how” to built – whether current construction methods allow to deliver housing at speed, quality and quantity – through housing innovation.
Our research will address the following questions:
- What has been the take up of modular construction in London and other cities so far?
- How substantial a contribution can prefab homes make to increasing housing supply?
- What is the impact of off-site, modular construction on the delivery, cost, speed, quality and sustainability of new homes, and the barriers to their widespread adoption?
- What are the threats and opportunities for the future of modular construction, and its potential to disrupt and allow new entrants to the current model of housebuilding?
- What role could central government and the GLA play in supporting housing innovation?
- How can the cost and complexity of land assembly be reduced?
- What are innovative forms of land tenure and use that could optimise housing availability and affordability?
The research will be published in a report launching in summer 2018.
If you are interested in contributing to the research, please get in touch with Victoria Pinoncely.