News

Kevin McCloud's Grand Design for the Great British Housing Problem

05 Jan 2012 12:42 pm

 The GHA has already worked with Hab Oakus (Kevin McCloud's sustainable residential development company) to showcase his Triangle Development in Swindon.  Follow this link for more on this and to view the presentations made on the day: http://www.goodhomes.org.uk/events/96 

Five years ago, he set up a company called Hab (Happiness Architecture Beauty) in order to "build houses that make people happy". The recession has slowed its progress, but its first creation, a 42-home development in Swindon called the Triangle, is now complete. Next month, Channel 4 is screening Kevin's Grand Design, a two-part documentary about the project, which was achieved in partnership with the housing association, GreenSquare Group. When it is suggested that the attention these programmes will attract will be a double-edged sword, he says: "It will be a one-edged sword with the blade laid across my throat."

He is addressing the great British housing problem. For decades, it has been plain that new houses are unimaginative, overpriced, undersized and resistant to the kind of technical improvement that is standard in industries such as car making. Changes in planning law, to improve design or make housing more accessible, are forever tried and forever failing. The rather daunting task he has set himself is to deflect the glacial flow of change, to make "a very significant difference from conventional development".  Click HERE to read more on this story.

 

 

Upcoming events RSS feed

  1. OCT 24

    Site Visit to Virido Zero Carbon House

    Anstey Way, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9JE

  2. NOV 06

    GHA Annual Conference

    Senate House, University of London.

  3. DEC 01

    GHA Christmas Debate

    St Gobain Innovation Centre, 95 Gt Portland Street, London W1W 7NY

Members Area RSS feed

  1. 25-9-14

    Rationel Windows launches Aldus Slimline Range

    Rationel Windows UK Ltd are pleased to announce the release of the new Aldus Slimline range of high performance, energy eff... Read more >

  2. 26-8-14

    Passivhaus build for under £45k

    The recent Self-Build on a Shoestring competition demonstrated how one can build a two bedroom Passivhaus with exceptionall... Read more >

Latest news RSS feed

  1. 29-9-14

    My Landlord App and Management Portal

    My Landlord is a tried and trusted way of delivering a tenant-focused app, complete with in-built housing repairs for organ... Read more >

  2. 29-9-14

    European Innovation for Renewal Project cuts energy through combining energy efficiency investment with resident training

    AmicusHorizon are passionate about IFORE (Innovation for Renewal).  An exciting and cutting edge international partner... Read more >

  3. 29-9-14

    GHA and Active House Alliance agree mutual membership and collaboration

    As part of creating a wider industry alliance and building on our successful alliance and collaboration with the TCPA, we h... Read more >