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Building Centre conference on custom-build housing | 22 February

On Monday 22 February, the Building Centre in London will hold the conference 'Rethinking the way we live: custom-build'.

The event, fruit of the partnership between The Building Centre and the Museum of Architecture, will focus on custom-build market in the UK.

In Britian, over six million people are looking to get involved in a custom-build project, and over two-thirds of people reluctant to buy an off-the-peg volume-built house. However, it is estimated that just 10,000 self and custom-built homes were built in 2015.

The conferene will explore the reasons why the UK fails to deliver bespoke homes and what the built environment industry can do to encourage growth in custom-build.

Speakers include: Alex Ely, director of Mae Architects; Chris Brown, chief executive of Igloo Regeneration; Gus Zogolovitch, CEO and founder of Inhabit Homes; Geoff Shearcroft, director of AOC Architecture; Chair: Alice Grahame, freelance journalist and communications advisor, The Guardian and resident of a Walter Segal house.

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Housing shortage and offsite construction, upcoming event in Birmingham

On 23 and 24 March 2016 the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham will host the 'Explore Offsite in the Housing Sector' event.

The seminar present a combined mix of conferences and exhibitions, including a prestigious line-up of industry speakers.

The discussion will be focused on the housing sector, analysing the opportunities that offsite construction offers to takle the housing shortage crisis. 

Housebuilding in the UK is currently at an all-time low. It is predicted that a total of 250,000 homes need to be delivered each year in order to tackle spiralling house prices and the critical shortage of affordable homes. This target has constantly been missed – with figures showing that only 141,000 homes were constructed last year.

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BRE conference on Offsite Construction in February

On 11 February 2016 the Building Research Establishment (BRE), in partnership with the Structural Timber Association (STA) will hold a conference on offsite construction at BRE headquarter in Watford.

The event is studied to help clients, investors and developers to understand the investment case and the opportunities for delivering buildings and assets more efficiently and cost-effectively using offsite and modern methods of construction.

Offsite construction is crucial to the government’s strategy to increase efficiency, reduce costs and lower carbon emissions in the industry. It can also represent a valid answer to delivering more homes.

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The Building Centre to host panel discussion on Co-housing

On Monday 14 December the Building Center in London will host a panel discussion on the theme 'Rethinking the way we live: Co-housing'.

The event, organised by The Building Centre in partnership with the Museum of Architecture, will focus on Co-housing, seen as an innovative option that offers social and economic benefits.

Several questions remain open and will be debated: What can the designers and planners of conventional residential developments learn from co-housing projects? Is it possible to design-out social isolation? Should housing associations, developers and councils be looking to this typology as a mainstream option for UK housing?

The panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Irena Bauman, Sustainable Urbanism, University of Sheffield. Speakers include: Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects, winners of the Cambridge K1 Co-housing Group competition, creating Cambridge's first co-housing project.; Maria Brenton of Older Women's Co-housing, the first co-housing community for senior people in the UK; Stephen Hill of C20 Future Planners, experts in neighbourhood-scale regeneration and spatial planning; David Saxby of Architecture 00, award winning architects working on self-led housing and action-led research.

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100 ideas to solve the London housing crisis

New London Architecture (NLA) has shortlisted 100 ideas to solve the London housing crisis that will be displayed in a free public exhibition at the NLA galleries in The Building Centre from 15 October to 17 December.

The competition attracted over 200 entries from 16 countries around the world following a major NLA international ideas competition organised in collaboration with the Mayor of London. The aim is to develop plans that would help improving the speed, scale and quality of housing supply. 

A distinguished jury will select ten ideas in mid October, with winning submitters invited to join a Greater London Authority working group to examine how their projects can be applied to real London sites to deliver future housing for the capital.

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