The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is funding a pilot programme to trial modern methods of construction, as part of its commitment to innovation in housing.
WECA is investing £150,000 to support pilot trials to be conducted and provide case studies for the wider region, based on the learning gained.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “As part of this, we are supporting the Bristol Housing Festival, through Bristol City Council, to explore innovative ways of building new homes. There are many opportunities that modular homes or other types of off-site construction bring, to speed up building new homes across our region, and reduce costs. Innovation in housing is a key theme coming out of our West of England Local Industrial Strategy, which we launched with government in the summer. The work being carried out by the Housing Festival will be used to inform how we as a region develop this work.”
The Housing Festival is organising an industry conference on 22 October, at We The Curious in Bristol. It will look at people-centred development as well taking a practical approach to learning with case studies on new modular housing solutions.
Called, Enabling Housing Innovation for Inclusive Growth, it will feature industry experts who are involved with innovative and inclusive housing projects. The line-up includes:
- Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England
- Jonas Spangenberg, CEO, BoKlok (the joint housing venture from IKEA and Skanska)
- Mark Farmer, Founding Director and CEO, Cast, and author of the Farmer Review
- Craig Liddell, Partnerships Director, Ilke Homes
- Zoe Metcalfe, Director, Arup
- Frazer Osment, Director, LDA Design
- Nick Towe, Director, Metro Homes, and
- Cllr Paul Smith at Bristol City Council.
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor and Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, will also speak at the event.
The conference is one of several events running over a Bristol Housing Festival showcase fortnight that runs from Monday 21 October to Sunday 3 November.