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Rational House wins planning for first major scheme

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Hammersmith and Fulham has approved the first 10 homes using the Rational House flat-pack model

The scheme is set to be the first in a series throughout the west London borough to rely on the off-the-shelf construction concept - a panelised system which creates ‘a contemporary equivalent of the Georgian house’.

Tipped to be the ‘blueprint for affordable living’ across London, the homes will be constructed using pre-cast panels made in a factory off-site, before being fitted together on-site to create a shell. The building can be completed to bespoke specifications.

The development at the Spring Vale Estate, will consist of two one-bedroom flats, six two-bedroom flats and two three-bedroom houses.

The homes are being delivered by City House Projects which is a joint venture between 3DReid, Aecom and Rational House. 

Ben de Waal, head of residential for AECOM, who are providing design, planning, engineering, project management and cost consultancy services on the development, said: ‘The Spring Vale Estate is a good example of the flexible and adaptable nature of the Rational House product. It is designed to create a sustainable and affordable product for modern living.

‘It is very important to us to protect and complement the existing attributes of the area, such as the mature cherry trees on the site and provide more open green spaces. Equally the site will meet high standards of sustainability at all stages.’

The product challenges both the conventional form as well as the method of delivery

Tim Battle, one of the founding partners of Rational House, added: ‘We hope that Spring Vale will be the first of many new Rational House developments in the borough to be delivered by City House Projects. The product really does provide a fresh perspective on our approach to urban housing, challenging both the conventional form as well as the method of delivery.

‘ts success relies on a genuine collaboration between the design team, contractor and component manufacturers who share the common vision to make this a scalable, affordable and sustainable option for urban housing.’

Hammersmith and Fulham Council awarded Rational House and Aecom the contract to supply 100 homes, after a prototype family home was completed in Hammersmith taking just 11 days.

Andrew Johnson, cabinet member for housing in Hammersmith and Fulham Council, said: ‘There are thousands of aspirational young people in this borough who dream of buying their own home but are currently priced out of the market. In fact, in many instances, first time buyers need to stump up more than £50,000 just for a deposit.
‘This council is committed to creating a borough of housing opportunity and filling this housing black hole so that people can buy their own place at a decent price.
‘This scheme is perfect for a congested city like London as it really maximises the limited space available by using exemplary methods of innovative construction and design.’

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