Why is Brighton and Hove not inspired by new building techniques and products for cheaper housing?

Brighton is so often a trailblazer for new ideas. Or so we like to think. But as far as the development of homes using offsite techniques, we do drag our feet somewhat.

Shipping container home

Shipping container home

Yes, Brighton does have 36 shipping container homes, but that was the vision of BHT’s development partner, QED PropertyYMCA Downslink Group is planning to use the revolutionary Y-Cube method pioneered by YMCA London South West.

Lewes District Council has partnered with the KSD Group to develop two fabulous two-bedroom homes.  Read the KSD case study here. What is extra special about these homes is that they can be developed with rents of c£100 per week (although the land has been provided at no cost on a long lease).  I have written a bit about these homes here and here, and there are photographs here.

KSD home at Lambeth Place, Lewes

KSD home at Lambeth Place, Lewes

But modern methods of construction have yet to be actively encouraged by the City Council, notwithstanding the cost effectiveness and speed in which developments can take place.

A survey of seventeen housing associations last year found that over the next three years, fifteen plan to start 22,544 homes, of which 12,818 (56%) are due to use offsite building techniques, up from 46% between 2011/15 for the same landlords for the 20,740 homes they built.

In an attempt to move the debate on, with colleagues from the Brighton and Hove Community Housing Network, we are organising a seminar (unfortunately, invitation only due to numbers) in early March which will showcase different models and methods.

There are fantastic schemes throughout the world using offsite techniques, shipping containers and the like. Here are just two examples I came across this week:

A house built with 14 shipping containers

14 Story Wood Building (YouTube)

Be inspired!

 

 

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One thought on “Why is Brighton and Hove not inspired by new building techniques and products for cheaper housing?

  1. What are we to do about the housing crisis in Brighton and Hove? – Andy Winter's BHT Blog

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