Could competition solve Britain’s housing crisis?

housing crisis

A report by Shelter claims that 25% of adults under the age of 35 still live in their childhood bedroom.   There are also 1.69 million households on the waiting list for social housing in England alone.  There is little doubt that the UK is well and truly in the midst of a housing crisis.

The government has set out ambitious plans to deliver one million new homes by 2020.  However, less than one-third of British adults believe that promise is achievable.

What’s the answer to Britain’s housing crisis?

Could an international home design competition provide the answer?  Featuring well-known judges including Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud, Amazing Spaces’ George Clarke and Homes by the Sea’s Charlie Luxton; Self Build on a Shoestring asked entrants to design affordable self-build homes.

Winners, Barton Willmore and EcoMotive created ‘Modulhus’; a modular system that can either provide a stand-alone home, or be stacked to create terraced properties or flats.  The best part is that two-bedroom 66 square metre Modulhus homes can be built for under £50,000.

You can personalise the Modulhus too.  Order either a finished product or just the structure to allow for greater personal input on the design.

Kevin McCloud commented:

The Shoestring Competition is not just a quest to find brilliant new ideas; it’s an important petri-dish for innovation in British housing, to find new ways to help get people on to the housing ladder and help develop new models of affordability.

Quick Move Now’s managing director, Danny Luke, commented:

With the majority of the British public feeling doubtful that the government can deliver on its promise to provide enough housing, innovation is going to be key in addressing the UK housing crisis.  What competitions like Self Build on a Shoestring offer are affordable options, and that is vital in reigniting the market.

The biggest challenge for house builders is the cost and availability of land to build on.  Innovation and creativity in housing design and affordability is great, but if the land simply isn’t available then the potential created by the innovation cannot be fulfilled.

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 25th October 2016
Last updated on 7th August 2018

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