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    Blog by Jonathan Falkingham MBE

    "A focus on space instead of rooms" puts our Houses at the heart of a new NLA exhibition

    19 October 2018
    A 3 minute read by Jonathan Falkingham

    New London Architecture (NLA) this week launched a new exhibition to present the findings of its research into modular housing as a solution for London - and I’m delighted to tell you that House by Urban Splash is featured as an exemplar within it.

    The NLA commissioned its research earlier this year, exploring factory-made homes now that they’re being properly considered by national and London Mayoral offices who are continuously looking for solutions to meeting housing demand in the city - as well as across the UK as a whole.

    House by Urban Splash at NLA exhibition

    Right now, just 10 per cent of total construction output in London is via modular construction method and the NLA exhibition and research proposes a new ‘modular mindset’ as well as showcasing projects like our Houses to demonstrate how offsite’s already being used.

    Town House at Smith's Dock, North Shields

    If you visit the exhibition, which is taking place now until January at the NLA Gallery in central London; you’ll see some familiar pictures of our Houses as well as the findings from the NLA who reckon that "...a more sophisticated factory automation can start to deliver flexibility and thence bring forward site-specific solutions and customer choice. This focus has been successfully employed by developer Urban Splash in Manchester in its ‘House’ developments, to give consumers different options through selected combinations, with a focus on space instead of rooms.”

    Town House at New Islington, Manchester

    If you can’t make the exhibition, you can download the report for free here.

    It’s an honour to see our concept used as an exemplar, and as we continue to create more Houses on sites like Port Loop in Birmingham and New Islington in Manchester, I hope to see it become a more commonly adopted option to tackle housing shortage.

    About the author

    Jonathan Falkingham

    Co-Founder and Creative Director

    As an architect, Jonathan has been doing it in the North West since 1991, when he set up super fresh design practice, shedkm. He founded Urban Splash in 1993, with the lovely Mr Bloxham and has been the creative force behind big projects ranging from Fort Dunlop to his own award-winning house in Liverpool. Jonathan has day to day responsibility for creative strategy and design direction and continues to be highly committed to good architecture – amongst his other roles he acts as a trustee of the RIBA.

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