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RSHP’s pre-fab housing to be rolled out

Y Cube by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
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Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners’ (RSHP) Y:Cube pre-fab housing scheme is set to be rolled out to more sites as part of a new building division of the YMCA

The client behind RSHP’s 36 short-term starter-home project in Mitcham, the YMCA, said it has begun a new venture aimed at developing low-cost affordable housing.

Working in partnership with RSHP and AECOM, the YMCA said it would be helping other organisations and local authorities to get schemes off the ground using its tested Y:Cube method.

Simon Tanner, head of Y:Cube development at YMCA London South West, said interest in the prefabricated building method had been ‘phenomenal’ since it launched the new business structure three months ago.

The YMCA is currently working on six capacity studies for further Y:Cube sites in south west London, east London, and the south east for schemes ranging in size from 15 to 36 units.

Tanner also told the AJ that the team was working on developing the flatpack units to create a two-bedroom option for key-worker homes and a version dubbed Y:Space for community centres and youth clubs.

Lessons have been learnt from the YMCA’s Mitcham scheme with costs of the homes reduced to £50,000 per unit and improvements made to make delivery and construction faster.

Tanner added: ‘We have made little tweaks. After learning from the experiences of those living in the Mitcham homes and in the prototype in Wimbledo we’ve changed a few things: the bathrooms will be bigger and the bedrooms smaller, the size of the living space will be increased and there will be more storage.’

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