offsite manufactured housing

London Assembly recommends more offsite manufactured homes

Nicky Gavron AM has published a report on behalf of the London Assembly Planning Committee which has suggested that offsite manufactured housing could help contribute towards the 50,000 London homes needed per year.

Offsite manufactured homes (OMS) are characterised by shallow foundations, lightweight construction and acoustic performance.

OSM buildings can be built and occupied in half the time of conventional buildings, requiring fewer vehicles to transport materials to site.

Nicky published the report ‘Designed, sealed, delivered: The contribution of offsite manufactured homes to solving London’s housing crisis’.

The report’s recommendations to the Mayor include:

  • providing clear and strong leadership in raising the awareness of OSM’s potential
  • working towards defining and adopting a manufactured housing design code
  • looking at the potential of using TfL-owned land to stimulate the OSM sector
  • setting up a dedicated OSM-specific procurement framework for London.

Nicky said: “Meeting London’s housebuilding target is a huge task and traditional construction techniques will only take us so far.

“Offsite manufactured housing is an innovative, forward-looking and exciting way to close the gap. These buildings are high quality and outstanding in terms of performance.

“Their construction is more environmentally-friendly than traditional construction methods and they are a far cry from their prefabricated predecessors.

“Few will disagree that using vacant public land to build homes quickly and with less pollution and disruption could be great news for London, tailored to demands at every price point.

 “The Mayor is ideally placed to respond to the report’s recommendations and call to action.”

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