Ultra-Modern homes to be built at affordable prices

Plans to construct ten state-of-the-art ‘Rational Houses’ on the Spring Vale Estate were approved lon Wednesday, July 31 by Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council’s planning applications committee.

Tipped to be the blueprint for modern house construction in London, the homes are made of pre-made panels in a factory off-site, before being winched into position in a matter of days. This is the first time in the country that homes have been built in this manner is such a large quantity.

The council’s development partner City House Projects Ltd, will shortly begin work constructing two one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom houses on the estate.

And in a huge boost for local people who cannot afford to buy a home in Hammersmith & Fulham, where property prices are the fourth most expensive in the country, six of the homes will be sold at a discounted market rate to potential first-time buyers on the council’s Home Buy register.

The advantages of building homes like this are numerous. As well as being extremely quick, as most of the construction work is done off-site in a factory, the impact on the local community in terms of noise, dust and traffic movements is kept to a minimum.

This method of construction is also ideal for building high-density low-rise development – making it perfect for a tight urban borough like H&F.

In addition, the homes, which will be constructed on under-used car parking space, are built of excellent quality as the work is done within the controlled confines of a factory.

A home built in this way already exists in the borough. The three bedroom home at Biscay Road, Hammersmith took just 11 days to erect in 2011.

Residents of the Spring Vale estate and wider area have been fully consulted on the scheme. As part of the plans, the amount of green space on the estate will increase from 330 square metres to nearly 500 square metres. The new green spaces will be designed in partnership with the local community and will be fully landscaped.

H&F is an incredibly polarised borough as far as housing is concerned. 31% of homes in the borough are social rented – well above the London average. There are also a large number of multi-million pound homes.

However, less than 2% of the borough’s housing is affordable low cost home ownership meaning that it is almost impossible for young people to get onto the property ladder unless they are earning a large salary or are sitting on a large inheritance.

H&F Council is determined to bridge the gap and recently returning to building homes on council land for the first time in more than 30 years.

 

In fact, more than 5,000 people have asked the council to help them find low cost homes to buy in the borough, while only 1,100 people sit on the council’s social housing register.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, H&F Council cabinet member for housing said:

“There are thousands of aspirational young people in this borough who dream of buying their own home but are currently priced out of the market. In fact, in many instances, first time buyers need to stump up more than £50,000 just for a deposit.

“This council is committed to creating a borough of housing opportunity and filling this housing black hole so that people can buy their own place at a decent price.

“This scheme is perfect for a congested city like London as it really maximises the limited space available by using exemplary methods of innovative construction and design.”

Tim Battle, Chairman of Rational House™ delivery company City House Projects Ltd, said:

“We are, of course, delighted that the first prototype development using Rational House™ will now progress through to construction. We hope that Spring Vale will be the first of many new Rational House™ developments in the borough to be delivered by our integrated team led by AECOM. The product really does provide a fresh perspective on our approach to urban housing, challenging both the conventional form as well as the method of delivery. Its success relies on a genuine collaboration between the design team, contractor and component manufacturers who share the common vision to make this a scalable, affordable and sustainable option for urban housing. We know the Council share this vision and are very grateful for their continued support.”

In total, the council intends to build several hundred new homes on council land over the next five to ten years through a variety of means. Further sites have been identified and could lead to the construction of up to 100 new Rational Houses.

The council recently converted a derelict health clinic at Becklow Gardens, Shepherds Bush into two one-bedroom flats. The first has now been sold to a 30 year-old hospital worker who has spent her entire life living with her parents on the estate and has now been able to buy her own place in the borough. The second home, next door has been sold to a local train driver.

The council has promised to work very closely with local residents ahead of any development and will hold various consultation events so that residents can come and talk to council representatives face-to-face.

Plans to construct ten state-of-the-art ‘Rational Houses’ on the Spring Vale Estate were approved lon Wednesday, July 31 by Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Council’s planning applications committee.

Tipped to be the blueprint for modern house construction in London, the homes are made of pre-made panels in a factory off-site, before being winched into position in a matter of days. This is the first time in the country that homes have been built in this manner is such a large quantity.

The council’s development partner City House Projects Ltd, will shortly begin work constructing two one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom houses on the estate.

And in a huge boost for local people who cannot afford to buy a home in Hammersmith & Fulham, where property prices are the fourth most expensive in the country, six of the homes will be sold at a discounted market rate to potential first-time buyers on the council’s Home Buy register.

The advantages of building homes like this are numerous. As well as being extremely quick, as most of the construction work is done off-site in a factory, the impact on the local community in terms of noise, dust and traffic movements is kept to a minimum.

This method of construction is also ideal for building high-density low-rise development – making it perfect for a tight urban borough like H&F.

In addition, the homes, which will be constructed on under-used car parking space, are built of excellent quality as the work is done within the controlled confines of a factory.

A home built in this way already exists in the borough. The three bedroom home at Biscay Road, Hammersmith took just 11 days to erect in 2011.

Residents of the Spring Vale estate and wider area have been fully consulted on the scheme. As part of the plans, the amount of green space on the estate will increase from 330 square metres to nearly 500 square metres. The new green spaces will be designed in partnership with the local community and will be fully landscaped.

H&F is an incredibly polarised borough as far as housing is concerned. 31% of homes in the borough are social rented – well above the London average. There are also a large number of multi-million pound homes.

However, less than 2% of the borough’s housing is affordable low cost home ownership meaning that it is almost impossible for young people to get onto the property ladder unless they are earning a large salary or are sitting on a large inheritance.

H&F Council is determined to bridge the gap and recently returning to building homes on council land for the first time in more than 30 years.

In fact, more than 5,000 people have asked the council to help them find low cost homes to buy in the borough, while only 1,100 people sit on the council’s social housing register.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, H&F Council cabinet member for housing said:

“There are thousands of aspirational young people in this borough who dream of buying their own home but are currently priced out of the market. In fact, in many instances, first time buyers need to stump up more than £50,000 just for a deposit.

“This council is committed to creating a borough of housing opportunity and filling this housing black hole so that people can buy their own place at a decent price.

“This scheme is perfect for a congested city like London as it really maximises the limited space available by using exemplary methods of innovative construction and design.”

Tim Battle, Chairman of Rational House™ delivery company City House Projects Ltd, said:

“We are, of course, delighted that the first prototype development using Rational House™ will now progress through to construction. We hope that Spring Vale will be the first of many new Rational House™ developments in the borough to be delivered by our integrated team led by AECOM. The product really does provide a fresh perspective on our approach to urban housing, challenging both the conventional form as well as the method of delivery. Its success relies on a genuine collaboration between the design team, contractor and component manufacturers who share the common vision to make this a scalable, affordable and sustainable option for urban housing. We know the Council share this vision and are very grateful for their continued support.”

In total, the council intends to build several hundred new homes on council land over the next five to ten years through a variety of means. Further sites have been identified and could lead to the construction of up to 100 new Rational Houses.

The council recently converted a derelict health clinic at Becklow Gardens, Shepherds Bush into two one-bedroom flats. The first has now been sold to a 30 year-old hospital worker who has spent her entire life living with her parents on the estate and has now been able to buy her own place in the borough. The second home, next door has been sold to a local train driver.

The council has promised to work very closely with local residents ahead of any development and will hold various consultation events so that residents can come and talk to council representatives face-to-face.

To find out more about low cost home ownership opportunities in Hammersmith & Fulham, contact the council’s Home Buy team on 020 8753 6464 or register online at www.lbhf.gov.uk/homebuy