The homes will be the first to roll out of Legal & General’s much-discussed modular housing factory near Leeds; the factory is capable of manufacturing 3,000 homes every year.
L&G has teamed up with housing association RHP, which will manage the homes, to test its Launchpod product stackable, self-contained 26 metre square one-bedroom apartments for rent. The concept has been developed by London-based architect Wimshurst Pelleriti.
RHP will be using the homes to break into government subsidised market, helping the growing group of people who don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private market.
Stackable + affordable: Legal & General’s new homes incorporate many of the features offered by larger homes.
The efficient use of space means that the homes can incorporate many of the features of a much larger apartment. Key priorities include: dedicated space for cooking, eating, sleeping, washing, and studying or work, as well as to store essential items and to have visitors during the day, evening or to stay overnight.
Throughout the R&D process RHP deliberately avoided using space-saving gimmicks such as fold-down beds; their aim throughout was to provide high quality accommodation that did not compromise on quality or the feeling of space.
Building the properties using offsite construction is scheduled to reduce the construction time by nine months. ■