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RSHP reveals £4.3m demountable Lewisham home scheme

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled plans for a new, portable modular homes scheme in south east London

The temporary, mobile housing block for Lewisham Council will be built as a short-term option on the site of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre which was demolished last year.

Constructed from prefab demountable units, the £4.3 million housing scheme can be taken apart and re-erected on other sites in the borough. It is expected to be on the leisure centre site for between one and four years.

The 2000m2 scheme includes 24-homes and eight units on the ground floor for community or business use.

All the residential units exceed current space standards by 10 per cent.

RSHP partner Ivan Harbour, said: ‘[The Ladywell site] offers a blueprint to meet a wide range of urban housing needs. By delivering well-designed, flexible and sustainable accommodation using a quick and cost-effective volumetric technology, we hope to change the way we think about house building in the future.’

Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, added: ‘This scheme may offer a solution to an all too common problem that plagues many development sites, which often sit unused while complex regeneration plans are put together. When we have thousands of people on our housing waiting list and are paying out for expensive bed and breakfast stays that is a terrible waste. We are also showing with this partnership with RSHP we can achieve real quality and value for money.’

The scheme is of a similar construction method to the practice’s 36-unit modular development in Mitcham, east London which received planning back in February 2014 (AJ 13.02.14)

The homes develop ideas first used on the Manser-medal winning Oxley Woods housing.

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  • All the residential units might exceed current space standards by 10%, but why position the hall / lounge door so that it precludes the possibility of the occupants putting a useful length of storage cupboard, shelving or whatever in the hall?

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  • Much of Britain's post war pre-fab housing was considered to be a temporary solution when it was designed and built, but ended up becoming permanent - until it was demolished a long time after its sell-by date. Is there a chance the same would happen here?

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