Site Visits

Apex Tower: modern prefab construction techniques delivering housing London needs

Wembley is known for football and for the stadium’s iconic arch, but there’s something else distinctive about this neighbourhood of London: it is home to a growing cluster of buildings built using modular pre-fabrication techniques. This technology, also known as ‘volumetric’, could help speed construction of the new housing London needs. To find out more about it, on 25 May a group of LSE researchers visited Apex Tower, a 29-storey purpose-built student… Read More

Reflections from an outsider – Older Women’s Cohousing (OWCH, Barnet, North London)

Reflections from an outsider Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway On 4 May I had my first ‘fieldwork’ experience in London, where I’m spending a few months as a visiting researcher from Barcelona.  I attended a focus group organised by the OWCH research collective, of which LSE forms part, with recent residents of the Older Women’s Cohousing Project (OWCH) in Barnet, North London. This workshop is one of four participative research sessions funded by an Averil… Read More

Migration and the transformation of London – Project Archive

Immigration is one of today’s most conflictual issues. There is disagreement about how immigration affects economies and about how national policy can improve growth and support social cohesion and welfare. Stakeholders include not only policy makers and migrants themselves but indeed almost all of society. London has a particular stake in the debate—it is the UK destination of choice for migrants from all parts of the income and education spectra, many of… Read More

Alternative housing development in London: Practices and possibilities

On Friday, 15 July 2016 LSE London hosted a one-day seminar about scaling up alternative housing development in London. With a new Mayor in office, this was the right time for a constructive conversation about enabling non-mainstream models that represent social, technological and/or financial innovations. These include co-housing, custom-build, volumetric construction and new-build for young professionals. The event was a culmination of two years of LSE knowledge-exchange activities around London’s housing crisis and subsequent recommendations about how… Read More

PLACE making: A modular approach to London’s housing shortage

The scale of the housing supply crisis in London tells us that what we are doing is not working. It is not good enough. And that we have to look at new ways of working. In this film, we explore a unique and innovative housing scheme in Ladywell, Lewisham, offering modular construction as one of many possible ways. These new modular construction methods go by many names, they’re called micropods, prefabs, or manufactured… Read More

The Kipling Estate: Genuinely affordable housing in central London [Video]

In this video we explore a creative approach on how to accelerate housing developments in London and how to find places to put this housing. Bermondsey provides a good example of this creativity with Kipling garages. This video comes from our site visit to Bermondsey. Our hosts were Leather Market Joint Management Board (JMB), a tenant management organisation that operates 1500 homes for Southwark Council and Igloo Regeneration Fund.

Video: Lessons from a visit to three alternative housing sites in south London

On 4 February 2015, a group of researchers and stakeholders visited three alternative housing sites in Forest Hill in south London: Walters Way, a street of houses constructed using the Walter Segal self-build method; Featherstone Lodge, site of a future co-housing development; and Havelock Walk, a mews of live/work dwellings The site visit followed an earlier thematic workshop which explored how alternative housing can be part of the solution to London’s housing supply… Read More

Fizzy and the ‘good landlord’ model

Site profile: Fizzy Living By Rodrigo Peon-Veiga and Katia Habra, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies In 2012, Thames Valley Housing Association (TVHA) created Fizzy Living, a commercial subsidiary focused on attracting institutional investors with an appetite for investing in the private rented sector (PRS) and who are interested in long-term returns secured through rental income streams. Fizzy capitalised on TVHA’s reputation, skills in property management, and their preparedness to provide £30m capital… Read More

Why Pocket works: size may not matter when it comes to affordable housing

Site profile: Pocket. By Katia Habra and Theadora Trindle, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15. As average house prices continue to grow in London, reaching £514,000 last September, younger Londoners are not only being priced out of the city, but must now delay – and often abandon – any hopes of ever accessing the property ladder. Meanwhile, with election season in full swing, housing has been targeted as a priority campaign… Read More

Prefab is Back in Town

Site profile: Y:Cube. By Theadora Trindle and Benjamin Walch, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15. London is in the throes of a housing supply crisis, we all know this by now. What is less known is how to address it in a way that produces new stock quickly, efficiently and of high quality. While often overlooked, there is a precedent in London’s history for doing this successfully: the use of… Read More