The UK's housing shortage is not a new phenomenon: apparently the UK needs 232,000 to 300,000 new units per year, numbers not achieved since the late 1970s. In fact, the government has targeted 1 million new homes by 2020.
In response to this, there have been a flurry of companies diving into the modular market. Whilst this is not new, the technology is now better, the result being that quality has improved and economies of scale are now allowing for better materials. That also brings about flexibility – 3, 4 and 5 bed houses are now an option and consumers can now be more bespoke. But what's the catch?
Historically, reservations about off-site manufacturing have related to boxiness (if this is even a thing ), lack of choice, lack of sturdiness and even some sort of romanticism associated with older buildings. How do we tackle these preconceptions? The only answer really is to give it a chance and why not when it’s the only way supply will ever meet demand.
Modular offers the opportunity for large scale, high quality production that ties in with developing technologies including BIM. It doesn’t really look like such a big leap of faith after all.
The housing crisis is about production capacity, and innovation is the most important piece in solving this