New funding announced to promote precision manufactured homes for London

  • Following recommendations set out in my report (Designed, sealed, delivered), the Mayor approves funding for a project to promote precision manufactured homes (PMH)
  • The project will provide manufactured housing design guidance and shows the Mayor’s commitment to the modernisation of construction in London
  • PMH is increasingly considered a means for London to significantly increase home building rates and contribute to tackling the housing crisis

At Mayor’s Question Time on 14th September 2017, I raised with the Mayor the issue of manufacturing homes off-site. It was most welcome then to hear the Mayor respond with a keenness to encourage precision manufacturing in London. He went on to say that he sees London as a future leader in the sector.

Since then, the Mayor has approved funding to promote precision manufactured homes, which demonstrates his commitment to this form of home-building. Moreover, it is the sort of leadership required to help galvanise the sector. The piece of work that will follow will be delivered collaboratively with industry and will create a fantastic opportunity for London to take the lead in moving construction nearer to manufacturing.

With an unprecedented skills crisis and the urgent need to deliver more homes efficiently and effectively, establishing guidance that can be used to determine the design of developments will help reshape the supply chain and drive a better level of consistency and scale in the components and assemblies that are used in new buildings.

The letter from the Mayor, below, confirming the approval of the funding, highlights that the project will be underway imminently.

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This letter mentions a copy of ‘the Assistant Director’s Decision approving the project funding’. This can be viewed here.

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Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the London Assembly Planning Committee visits Pitfield Street development site for her rapporteurship on off-site manufactured homes in London. The report ‘Designed, sealed, delivered: The contribution of offsite manufactured homes to solving London’s housing crisis’ is available at www.london.gov.uk/assembly.

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor of London. London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and GLA Labour Spokesperson for Planning. NPF Member.
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