AMBS Researchers from MIOIR and TPI tackle UK housing challenges, with a productivity-focused approach to modular homes.UK Housing Crisis
In the midst of a persistent housing crisis in the UK, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research’s presents its latest blog "Tackling the Housing Crisis: Taking a Closer Look at Challenges in Delivering Modular Housing".
Authored by the research team from Alliance Manchester Business School, including Suzanne Peters, Jonatan Pinkse, and Graham Winch, the blog delves into the housing industry’s productivity challenges and suggests recommendations to support the sector.
The blog primarily focuses on "Category 1" or modular homes, seen as a scalable and efficient approach that holds the potential to increase productivity while offering sustainability benefits. However, despite its potential, the adoption of modular construction methods has faced hurdles, including high-profile failures. The blog report identifies five key barriers and outlines potential solutions for the industry.
In this blog, they suggest that the government can play a vital role in driving change by creating demand for modern construction methods, fostering relevant skills development and streamlining the approval process for new developments. These measures can lead to the construction of more quality homes at a faster pace, ultimately benefiting families in need of housing solutions.
The research team acknowledges that the challenges are complex but emphasizes that government support and objective research are crucial for success in the housing sector. The blog represents just the beginning of an in-depth exploration of modern construction methods and their potential to address the UK’s housing crisis.
You can access the full blog here. This blog draws its insights from the recently published paper, " Driving Change in UK Housing Construction: A Sisyphean Task? " authored by S. Peters, J. Pinkse, and G. Winch and made available through The Productivity Institute.