for £60,000 homes became a reality as the successful
bidders for the first four sites have been announced by the
from all six bidders involved at this stage, Barratt Developments
plc, George Wimpey UK and the SIXTYK Consortium (Crest Nicholson
and Kingspan Offsite) have been selected by national regeneration
agency, English Partnerships to build their Design for Manufacture
homes on four of ten publicly-owned competition sites. This
follows the advice of an independent panel of experts.
Design for Manufacture
is part of the Government's commitment to deliver decent,
affordable homes for everyone - whether to rent or buy - in
sustainable communities where people will be proud to live.
These first four
competition sites will see the creation of more than 500 homes.
At least 30 per cent of homes on each site will be built to
a construction cost of £60 000. The remainder will be
a mix of smaller and larger homes constructed with similar
cost efficiencies. Overall, the competition will see the construction
of more than 1 000 new properties.
Joe Martin, Executive
Director of BCIS, and member of the judging panel says :
designs offer a range of construction solutions, concentrating
on producing a level of standardisation without reducing choice.
"If these designs
can be delivered within budget they will produce better houses
and improved value for money. Where land is available and
real demand exists these developments should enable homes
to be delivered faster and more efficiently."