modular home product

New 'spacious' modular home product to launch for priced-out Londoners



Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) has announced that it will be launching a new modular home product as it looks to help those struggling to rent in London.

LaunchPod will be a spacious 26 sq m one-bedroom apartment and is the first home to be made at Legal & General’s modular factory in Leeds.

RHP will be using the homes to break into the intermediate market and help the growing number of people who don’t qualify for social housing, but are priced out of the private market.

“I’m really excited about this new product and the opportunities it can create for those struggling to rent in London,” said David Done, chief executive of RHP.

“I was blown away when I first saw the prototype – it is spacious, modern and high quality. 

“This is just one of the ways we’re aiming to combat the housing crisis and will contribute to our target of investing £250m in new affordable homes over the next eight years.”

LaunchPod has been designed by architects Wimshurst Pelleriti, which has created homes that can incorporate many of the features of a much larger flat with the available space being made to work harder.

The key priorities included dedicated space for cooking, eating, sleeping, washing and studying or work, as well as to store essential items and to have visitors during the day, evening or to stay overnight. 

“RHP was adamant throughout the R&D process that they did not want to use space-saving gimmicks, such as fold-down beds that are maintenance heavy and typically associated with small spaces,” added William Wimshurst, director of Wimshurst Pelleriti.

“Their aim throughout was to provide high-quality accommodation that did not compromise on quality or the feeling of space.”

RHP is showcasing the product at CIH's Housing 2017 conference in Manchester where visitors can get a sneak peak of LaunchPod through virtual reality. 

Special guests will also be able to take a real look around the prototype home at RHP's offices at the official launch event on 12th July. 


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