Modular or pre-fabricated housing can help alleviate the pressures on housing delivery.
I recently read an article on the virtues of modular & pre-fabricated housing. I agree with much of what they said, and I feel that these could assist with growing housing problem London is facing.
The benefits of modular & pre-fabricated housing are plentiful.
These are three key benefits:
With construction taking place in a controlled environment out of the elements, quality control is much more straightforward. It also provides a comfortable working environment for the contractors, allowing them to better focus on work rather than their discomforts. Contractors can also use templates, forms, jigs and other tools with much greater ease which leads to much better precision.
Without the difficulty of site constraints that are a constant problem for most builders in cities, these homes can be built on a slick assembly line system that massively increases productivity. Recall the increase in build times on cars when Henry Ford introduced the modern assembly line to the automotive world. Modular homes can efficiently be delivered in +/-8 weeks.
With assembly line manufacturing, the costs are significantly reduced in many ways. Less labour, less time, less wastage. Even if we just consider the amount of work that ends up needing to be redone due to weather damage during construction or damage due to other jobs taking place in the same space, the savings will already be significant. The speed at which these homes are built means a great deal of savings in labour, especially if labour is viewed at a rate per unit.
These three factors are significant benefits in any market. In the market we find ourselves in now with such an immensely underserved housing need, looking to modular & pre-fabricated housing is not just an option, but a necessity.