Published 18 March 2006
The UK has plenty of programmes to get “affordable” homes into regeneration projects, but Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott despaired about the rising cost.
Last year he launched a challenge to the building industry to come up with quality subdivision homes costing less than Â£60,000 to build and in the week of 15-20 May an exhibition of the winning designs will be held at the Building Centre in London.
Preferred developers have been selected for 9 of the 10 competition sites, which will result in 1000 new homes being built.
Said Mr Prescott: “When I first challenged the construction industry to build a quality 2-bedroom home for Â£60,000, there were many people who claimed it just could not done. I now look forward to welcoming those sceptics to this exhibition in May, which will showcase & celebrate the achievements of the developers, designers & contractors who have proved that, indeed, it could.”
The corporate strategy director of national regeneration agency English Partnerships, Trevor Beattie, said: “The design for manufacture competition has captured the imagination of the housebuilding industry. I have been excited & encouraged by not just the number of people wanting to take part in this challenge, but also the quality of home designs that can be achieved for a construction cost of just Â£60,000.
“We now have proof that it’s possible to build homes more cost-efficiently without sacrificing quality. And even better than that, many of the winning designs showcase real innovation, pushing the boundaries of design to create environmentally friendly homes in vibrant new communities. Already, design for manufacture competition homes are having an impact on our industry.”
Website: Design for manufacture competition
13 August 2005: Â£60,000 house-building challenge goes to final round
7 June 2005: Design for manufacture exhibition
Attribution: Press release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.