An enterprising architect firm has proposed turning disused garages on countil estates into 'bijou' homes in a bid to solve the UK's chronic housing shortage
The lack of affordable housing is every government’s worst nightmare but one enterprising architecture firm has come up with a novel solution to turn a rows of out-of-use garages into cosy £11-a-week pop-up bedsits.
The proposed scheme is the brainchild of architects, Georgie Revell and Sarah Jenkinson from Levitt Bernstein following a competition run by the Building Trust to provide low-cost housing in deprived urban areas.
A laundry plus further kitchen and dining facilities will also be available to residents with every fifth garage set to be turned into a communal area for residents.
The homes are expected to cost around £13,000 each and the components are completely demountable and reusable.
What’s more, the the HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skill for Employment) pop-up structures will be manufactured off-site as kits, and will be assembled by apprentices to teach them essential construction techniques.
Winning architect, Georgie Revell said: ‘The proposal targets under-used spaces in high density areas where land value is hight and rising. We believe it offers a creative and practical interim solution between other development opportunities and we’re really excited about the potential to devolop the scheme.’
So could this be the future of affordable social housing with a heart? Levitt Bernstein is already in talks with a number of local authorities and if successful, you could be popping in to a pop-up home near you soon!