A London borough is investing £4.3m to provide ‘pop-up’ council housing that will sit temporarily on a vacant development site in the borough.
Lewisham Council has applied for planning permission for the 24-home scheme which will be largely built off-site.
It is constructing the scheme on the of a former leisure centre which is awaiting development. The scheme, developed with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), will stay for between one and four years after which it can be disassembled and rebuilt elsewhere in the borough.
The first units could be occupied as early as late summer,
Sir Steve Bullock, mayor of Lewisham, said: ‘This scheme may offer a solution to an all too common problem that plagues many development sites, which often sit unused while complex regeneration plans are put together.’
Housing minister Brandon Lewis in September urged the sector to consider using off-site constructionto increase the pace of house building.