In China, whole communities pop up overnight...
Some of these developments are of epic proportions (this particular one is in Mumbai) because the raw material is a very strong structure in its own right. this is a proven development opportunity and I intend to create similar (though much smaller) developments wherever I can acquire the land to do so.
It is my intention to take this idea a giant step further. The vision I have is the next generation of volumetric modular housing; very high performance, very low cost properties available to tenants that are on the Local authority Housing waiting lists. it is very important to us that our properties out perform every other volumetric housing providers products in every criteria from sustainability to running costs. we are also substantially cheaper than the next cheapest provider.
we can also boast our ability to complete a development from pre-planning meeting to full occupation in 16 weeks regardless of the size of the development.
As our prototypes approach completion, we are learning more about our product and opportunities for improvement present themselves constantly. we have instigated several radical design changes to our one bedroom prototype for example; this modest 1 bedroom property is arguably among the largest one bedroom permanent properties in existence. it boasts:-
2,5M high ceilings
very low cost lighting and heating (approximately £6 per week depending on supplier and tariff)
very high quality finishes
full bathroom with a bath/shower combination
large open plan living
approximately 16 square metre bedroom
specification exceeds the expectations of the London Plan by quite a margin
target tenant will be homeless single persons or couples
fully DDA compliant
All properties will achieve an A rated EPC and an air source heat pump heating system with radiated heat in every room. Each will have a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom and ample space.. the finishes will be of a sufficiently robust standard that they will be able to exceed the fire regulation requirements. This effectively future proofs the flats well into the next decade.
Of course, there is a requirement for other size properties initially; there are plans for the next development to have a range of sizes from studio to 4 bedroom which will all follow the Homes in a Hurry letting blue print.
The aim is to ease the burden on the social housing lists at a price that anyone can afford that sits well below the housing benefit cap.