Richmond Housing Partnership has developed a modular housing prototype, designed by architect Wimshurst Pelleriti and produced in Legal & General's new factory in Yorkshire.
Southwest London housing provider RHP Group’s modular housing prototype is 26 m2 one-bedroom apartment that it calls LaunchPod.
It is the first home to come off the production line at Legal & General's modular housing factory near Leeds.
RHP intends to use the product to break into the intermediate market – for those who do not qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private market.
Architect William Wimshurst, director of Wimshurst Pelleriti, said: "RHP were adamant throughout the R&D process that they did not want to use space-saving gimmicks such as fold-down beds that are maintenance heavy and typically associated with small spaces. Their aim throughout was to provide high quality accommodation that did not compromise on quality or the feeling of space."
Key priorities included dedicated space for cooking, eating, sleeping, washing, and studying/work, as well as storage space items and the ability to have visitors during the day, evening or overnight.
RHP chief executive David Done said: "I'm really excited about this new product and the opportunities it can create for those struggling to rent in London. I was blown away when I first saw the prototype – it is spacious, modern and high quality. This is just one of the ways we're aiming to combat the housing crisis and will contribute to our target of investing £250m in new affordable homes over the next eight years."
Legal & General Homes has signed a long-term lease with Logicor on a 51,000 m2 warehouse in Sherburn-in-Elmet, near the A1(M) between Leeds and Selby. It has capacity to produce 3,500 homes per year when it gets up to full speed.