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EXTRASPACE WIN supports ‘PLACE’ TO CALL HOME

UK MODULAR SPECIALIST EXTRASPACE SOLUTIONS HAS WON A £40M CONTRACT TO SUPPLY TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES AS PART OF A LONDON-WIDE INITIATIVE.

Extraspace lead designer Eleanor Moloney has confirmed the firm’s new homes would combine “innovative design with a community feel”.

The move follows Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s £11 million commitment, made in April, to temporary modular homes to help homeless families in the UK capital.

With a vision to provide high-quality, local temporary accommodation for families, London boroughs have joined forces with the Mayor’s initiative to manufacture modular homes. These will be constructed offsite then positioned temporarily on land awaiting permanent development.

It is understood the funding will deliver up to 200 affordable homes to rent on sites across London.

The initiative is run by the Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise (PLACE), a not-for-profit company hosted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on behalf of those councils involved. PLACE is also supported by the umbrella body London Councils and has been developed by the London Housing Directors’ Group.

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PLACE’s vision is to provide precision-manufactured homes that have the quality of permanent housing, meet the Mayor’s draft London Plan space standards, and can be moved from one site to another as required. PLACE will focus on delivering two and three-bedroom homes, which will have good insulation and energy performance.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, reportedly described the rise in homelessness in recent years as “a national disgrace” created by government cuts that were driving London councils to offer homeless families expensive housing a long way from their local area.

“I’m pleased to support this new initiative that makes use of modular construction and temporarily vacant sites to help ease some of that pressure and make a real difference to the families involved.”

PLACE housing for homeless Londoners will be located close to their schools, jobs and support networks – and provide a high-quality alternative to other forms of temporary accommodation.

To get involved in the scheme, boroughs need to identify a meanwhile site and join PLACE. PLACE will then procure the modular housing units and manage the installation and removal, and rent homes to boroughs at 90 per cent of the 2011 Local Housing Allowance rate, providing a less expensive option for local authorities.■


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