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technical & practice: The use of prefabrication at Murray Grove is an opportunity to prove the value of principles pioneered in other countries

Change has been the essence of twentieth-century living.The social structure ofthe family,working patterns, and lifestyles are changing at an everincreasing rate.National demographic predictions justify overwhelmingly the need to consider alternative approaches to the supply ofhousing as an integrated part ofnew sustainable urban models for a society now conscious ofecological necessity.

One in four homes in Britain was built before 1914,giving Britain the oldest housing stock in Europe.

Under-investment in housing has left us with a relatively small and notoriously inefficient housing industry.

The construction industry is Britain's largest employer,but the housing sector is inhibited by shortages oftraditional skilled labour,poor levels ofquality control,low productivity and a supply-led market that invests little in research and development.As a result, UK housing design generally lags far behind many other countries across the world.

Technological advances in materials and forms ofconstruction already employed in other countries,wil allow higher-quality homes to be manufactured in the UK .The priorities for the manufacture ofhousing are:

increase productivity and quality

greater customer choice and long term satisfaction

sustainable and environmentally friendly design

flexible designs that are easy to upgrade and personalise

transparent technology through good product information

greater levels ofquality control and safety during construction

hassle-free procurement and reduced maintenance costs.

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