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. SEP 03

    Applying Garden City Principles to Urban Development

    TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AS

  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. 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 >

  2. 4-8-14

    Encraft seeking Passivhaus & Building Physics Consultant

    Based at their office in Leamington Spa.  Deadline for applications is 17th August 2014
    READ MORE & APPLY Read more >

  3. 30-7-14

    Rationale Windows supply North West Bicester. First eco-town in the UK

     Bicester based Rationel Windows (UK) Ltd are one of the first companies to have been
    appointed by contractor W... Read more >

  4. 25-7-14

    Affordable Shell and Fit-Out Self Build

    Circle Thirty Three Housing Trust has started on site with a custom-build project of 10 houses for rent on a former garage ... Read more >

  5. 7-7-14

    Vacancies at Hoare Lea for Exec and Senior Sustainability Consultants

    Two fantastic career opportunities have arisen with Hoare Lea for Sustainability Consultants to join their office at Kings ... Read more >

Latest news RSS feed

  1. 30-7-14

    The Energy Catalyst now open for business

    The Catalyst will accelerate innovation in the energy sector, from concept to pre-commercial readiness, by providing invest... Read more >

  2. 24-7-14

    Green Deal home improvement fund reaches £50m

    An impressive public and industry response to the Green Deal Home Imporvement Fund has seen more than £43m worth of v... Read more >

  3. 21-7-14

    GHA Christmas Debate

     Our Christmas event will focus on "what innovation, new idea or invention is needed that would contribute most t... Read more >

  4. 21-7-14

    Applying Garden City Principles to Urban Development

    An event surrounding a practical, holistic framework for delivering high-quality new places set in beautiful, environmental... Read more >