Affordable housing – pressures; innovations and impacts


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The affordable housing sector has a number of policy demands placed upon it; addressing the housing crisis (delivery of a new-build pipeline) and the climate crisis (adopting net zero carbon measures) as well as maintaining homes to a “decent” standard and undertaking works required by the Building Safety Bill.

None of these policy demands are cheap or easily delivered, but there are common features to possible effective solutions – solutions that are fit for the 21st century; that improve, upskill and modernise our construction industry; and that avoid the problems created by procurement solutions based on lowest price and “a race to the bottom”.

We hosted a series of webinars at the end of 2020 with key industry speakers to explore the different parts of the potential solution to these demands and we have summarised the key themes and views here. Please have a read and do feedback your comments to us here.

Download the full report here.

Please also take the chance to watch the webinars again here:

  • Modern methods of construction – Mark Farmer of Cast Consultancy and Paul Read of Magna Housing, chaired by Christopher Paul, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Value-led procurement – Ann Bentley of Rider Levett Bucknall and Richard Harral of CABE, chaired by Rebecca Rees, Trowers & Hamlins.
  • Collaboration – Adam Sanford of Southern Construction Framework and David Mosey of Kings College London, chaired by Katie Saunders, Trowers & Hamlins.
  • Social value – Andrew Van Doorn of HACT and Fiona MacGregor of Regulator of Social Housing, chaired by Tonia Secker, Trowers & Hamlins.
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