University of Sheffield architects provide solution to the housing crisis

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• Self-build project has the potential to change the face of housing delivery in the UK

• 100,000 new homes are being built every year – falling short of the 232,000 demand

• Cross-parliamentary launch event aims to provide solutions to the housing crisis

Architects from the University of Sheffield will put forward their solution to the current housing crisis at a cross-parliamentary event later this month (13 May 2014).

Providing solutions to the housing crisisExperts from the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture will be discussing the benefits of Collective Custom Build, an important self-build project which has the potential to change the face of housing delivery in the UK.

Collect Custom Build is a pioneering approach to increasing the diversity in the UK housing market based fundamentally on partnership. It represents an opportunity for stakeholders across the house-building industry to share the risk of development and work mutually to help people build homes that are more affordable and better designed to effectively meet the challenges of the future. It is a genuine new solution for affordable housing which people build for themselves and can save up to 25 per cent on typical new build housing costs.

Professor Fionn Stevenson, who led the Motivating Collective Custom Build project regarding the future development of affordable homes, said: “Around 100,000 new homes are built every year against an expected demand of official projections of more than 232,000. The crisis is both-long term and wide reaching, rather than merely short-term.

“Much of the housing we build in the UK is unaffordable, unsustainable, undesirable, unsociable or simply unavailable.

“Young and old alike deserve a chance to get the housing they want – Collective Custom Build offers a unique and inclusive approach to meeting this need. There are already numerous successful examples to draw on in the UK and Europe.”

Professor Stevenson worked with Dr Cristina Cerulli and Sam Brown from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with Cany Ash, of London Architecture practice Ash Sakula and David Birkbeck of Design for Homes on the Home Improvements project led by the Home Research Group at the University which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The research will be presented at a parliamentary launch event on Tuesday 13 May 2014. The event will bring together experts in the field to discuss important questions such as: What are the key barriers to providing affordable homes? Who is leading the way with new approaches to developing affordable homes? And what are the next steps for increasing choice in housing?

The event is expected to be attended by over 100 people including key Members of Parliament, representatives of relevant Government Agencies, NGOs, community builders, housing developers, planners, designers, social entrepreneurs, and those with a passion for making change work. Three key experts, including Ted Stevens, Chair of the National Self Build Association and Kritien Ring, author of ‘Self-made City’, will discuss the developments in Germany and the UK.

For more information about Collective Custom Build visit www.collectivecustombuild.org

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The University of Sheffield

With almost 25,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2011 it was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

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