The homes are built with prefabricated panels which allows rapid construction work on site – a matter of days. The first was built in eleven days in Fulham in 2011.
The council’s development partner City House Projects will shortly begin work constructing two one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom houses on underused car parking space on the Spring Vale estate. Six of the homes will be sold at a discounted market rate to potential first-time buyers on the council’s Home Buy 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, said: “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.”
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.