Wandsworth looks at modular

Wandsworth Council could become one of the first in London to adopt modular housing building techniques to meet the need for temporary accommodation.

Up to 10 flats built by modular construction are proposed for Nightingale Square, in Balham.

A development using modular construction is currently being built by Pocket Living in Mapleton Crescent, central Wandsworth, with properties that are smaller but sold with a discount of at least 20% to first time buyers.

The council proposes building the 10 homes on a tarmac area between blocks at Nightingale Square. It should take six months, quicker than if built using more traditional methods. Landscaping for other nearby outdoor communal areas would also be included.

The recommendations are for properties that are smaller than standard residential flats, but bigger than the alternative of bed and breakfast properties.

Cllr Clare Salier, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “As a council, it’s important that we look to investigate new ways to find high quality accommodation for local people in need. Modular construction is used widely in Europe, and could well be useful in a city like London which needs more new housing, and fast.”

Subject to planning permission, building works could begin next year.

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