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World renowned architects to build Newham Council's new modular homes

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

World renowned architects to build Newham Council's new modular homes World renowned architects to build Newham Council's new modular homes

Newham councillors have given the green light to a pioneering housing scheme that will see new homes constructed in an innovative modular design on vacant land in Stratford.

World renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, whose recent notable projects include Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five and the British Museum, have received planning approval for 36 two-bedroom properties on the Leather Gardens estate.

The development will be constructed using a volumetric timber system. Each apartment will consist of two fully finished pods manufactured off site. As the pods arrive they will be assembled into a part four-storey, part five-storey block around a central core of two lifts and stairs. Eight of the 36 homes will be maisonettes.

The modern method of construction allows for both the external cladding and internal wall panels to be easily replaced. Apartments can therefore be quickly turned around between tenancies and damaged external panels quickly removed. Neither scaffold nor wet trades would be required during construction and two units would be completed each day. The entire build programme is expected to last just six months.

Planning approval was granted by Newham’s strategic development committee. Committee chair councillor Conor McAuley, executive member for regeneration and strategic planning, said: “Newham’s overriding priority is delivering new housing, new jobs and creating mixed and balanced communities.

“This development will bring a vacant site back into beneficial use and help meet an acute local need for good quality residential accommodation. It is an innovative scheme that will have a positive impact upon the character and appearance of the area.

“The proposed building method significantly enhances the sustainability of the development, the speed of construction and in turn minimises the disruption on site for neighbouring residents. We believe it could be used on similar sites across Newham in future.”

Andrew Partridge, lead architect on the project, said: “This is an innovative approach to providing high quality homes which are both highly environmentally and neighbourhood friendly, as the pods arrive on site complete and can be installed quickly. This project is a new model for the private rental market.”

Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners have agreed to provide 14 additional three-bedroom affordable family properties nearby by March 2017 as part of the planning approval.

The project is scheduled to be on site before the end of the year and the homes will be rented out at 80% of the market rate in line with the government's affordable rent programme.

Newham plans to build 2,000 new affordable homes over the next five years as part of an ambitious housebuilding programme.

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