The design is the brainchild of Bob Dalziel of architect 3DReid, and Tim Battle, former chaiman of engineers Rybka Battle.
Located off the Fulham Palace Road on Biscay Road, and built on a small former car park site, Rational House takes inspiration from the most successful features of housing around the world, say the creators. It aims to respond to the need to provide high density, low rise, sustainable homes with design and quality at an affordable cost.
The product uses offsite construction techniques with a load bearing concrete frame (pictured during construction) that avoids the need for structural steelwork.
This also aims to produce a flexible layout which can adapt to the changing needs of inhabitants, or be converted into flats or commercial space.
The prototype in Hammersmith is a three bedroom, four-storey house providing 150sqm of living space. It is built to achieve Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, helped by using grey concrete made from secondary aggregate, and a Thermomass system in the pre-cast sections.
It also meets the standards laid down in the new London Housing Design Guide.
David Lunts, GLA interim director of housing & regeneration, who has praised the design for providing much needed family housing and for its ability to sit easily in the urban streetscape, said at the launch:”It makes excellent use of space and its technology is very simple but also very sustainable.”
Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, Stephen Greenhalgh, also at the launch, said: “This is fantastic news for hard working middle income earners who want to live in Hammersmith & Fulham. I am particularly impressed with the innovative and sustainable design of the new homes which ensures that the running costs are kept low.”
For larger developments Rational House has established City House Projects Ltd which also involves Davis Langdon AECOM, 3DReid and ARUP. and are working with Barratt East London to provide 30 Rational House three storey homes for the Olympic Legacy Site
bid in Stratford.