In the Observer on 26 February, Kevin McCloud said he has been left exasperated by the construction industry after the collapse of his plans to build a village of 16 high-quality homes in Cornwall.
But McCloud should not lose faith in the industry or in his plans.
The Dragon's Tail, a new housing scheme in Aylesbury, could provide a solution. It exemplifies the idea that low-cost housing can go hand-in-hand with high quality design.
The Dragon's Tail is part of John Prescott's £60k homes competition, which McCloud took his inspiration from. The project has been commended for its ability to meet the challenges relating to sustainability, supporting community living and achieving major efficiencies in housing construction, while pioneering new-build techniques and changing the face of housing design as we know it. It's about building high-quality homes, not boxes, that people actually want to live in.
If Kevin wants examples of well-designed affordable homes, and contractors embracing change, then he need look no further than this scheme.
Geoff Taylor, Verry Construction