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Following on from my blog a few weeks back about rapid build, low-cost 3D printed homes, I thought I would highlight other providers whose products could be used in small sites locally for fast housing development.

Firstly, Iso Spaces.

ISO Spaces is an award-winning company that designs and manufactures bespoke modular buildings using shipping container conversion expertise. Their expert in-house designers and engineering team  provide the complete turnkey solution, from initial concept to on-site delivery, installation and maintenance.

A project example of housing is Hope Gardens in Acton, London which was opened in December 2017, providing emergency accommodation for families.

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The 60-apartment shipping container housing solution is an innovative response to the London Borough of Ealing’s housing supply problems, providing comfortable accommodation for over 280 people – some of the 2200 families in Ealing residing in temporary accommodation and potentially facing homelessness.

The shipping container housing development was created using moveable and reusable parts, repurposing shipping containers to offer a sustainable, cost-effective and flexible housing solution for Ealing Council. The shipping container homes were fully constructed, fitted and finished in 24 weeks at their factory in Cornwall, allowing the container homes to be installed quickly at Hope Gardens, with minimal additional works required on site.

With the reusability of the shipping container housing at Hope Gardens at the core of its design, this innovative model is crucial to addressing the long-term affordability and sustainability of the built environment for Ealing Council, previously placing families in housing earmarked for being knocked down, and even paying for families to stay in bed and breakfast accommodation.

Once a brownfield site, identified for long-term redevelopment in just under seven years, Hope Gardens now consists of 60 fully furnished one, two and three bedroomed container homes, a communal space, an onsite management office, laundry services and refuse storage, providing a sense of community for its new residents.

Iso Spaces is now expanding to a factory site in Kent due to demand.

Secondly, Precision Homes

Precision Homes build modular offsite housing. They offer a range of 1 - 4 bedroom properties to self builders, developers and housing associations. If required, they offer a turnkey service, covering all aspects of the development. From groundworks, to install and handover of a finished property.

They are working on a range of schemes throughout the UK, with a focus on delivering affordable housing within the South-West. 

Their vision is simple - provide the highest quality housing, manufactured offsite to minimise on site disruption, whilst keeping the price well below the market average. They understand how important housing is and have developed their super structures to accommodate changes required for each development.

They have a range of external finishes e.g. Brick, Weatherboard, etc. Each house is manufactured in 10-12 weeks. They use steel frame because its a modern, attractive building option with many benefits over traditional methods of construction such as timber frame.

Here's a 24 second time-lapse video of one of their houses being assembled in a day:

Please also take a look at Legal & General Modular Homes

There are other manufacturers as well - this is not meant to be a complete guide but just helping to lift the lid on an option for rapid housing development in a community.

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Geoff Knott, 05/12/2018

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