Modular ZEDPod starter homes chosen for first project
The UK has a backlog of 3.9 million homes, its biggest housing shortfall on record, according to new research by Heriot-Watt University. This means 340,000 new homes need to be built each year until 2031. Central Bedfordshire alone needs to build 360 affordable homes each year until 2021 under the Strategic Housing Market Assessment. To make a start, Central Bedfordshire College and a private developer have chosen ZEDPods’ ready-made, quality starter homes for a new development of 23 homes on college land.
The one and two bedroom houses, a breakthrough development in low cost, low carbon and high-quality homes, are fabricated off-site. Their modular construction allows them to be rapidly erected on pieces of land not generally considered suitable for housing. With a variety of design options covering single or multi-occupancy sites, ZEDPod homes can be tailored for a range of accommodation needs, offering a viable, affordable solution to the key worker housing crisis.
Designed and developed by RIBA award-winning architect Bill Dunster, the ZEDPods are intended to take advantage of existing city centre car park locations and hard standings across the UK, either on the ground or assembled on raised platforms. Homes are built to higher standards than conventional houses, being super insulated, triple glazed, with heat recovery ventilation, low carbon technology and lots of daylight.
While the company is busy working on several new developments following the launch of the concept, this is the first ZEDPod project to go into planning. Dunster, who is director of the new ZEDPods company, said: "We understand that Savills has reported 'the identified requirement for affordable housing is greater than could be delivered through the planning system' and that there is a 'need to explore other ways of providing affordable housing' so we look forward to working constructively with planners across the UK in explaining our new technology."
Ali Hadawi, Principal of Central Bedfordshire College, said: "We are delighted that Central Bedfordshire College is able to support the local area needs and ZEDPods with the creation of environmentally friendly housing solutions. We look forward to working with ZEDPods to develop new courses teaching on modern forms of construction utilising the most cutting edge, eco-friendly construction techniques to our learners and to seeing the benefits that this innovation will have on our community."
Local MP Andrew Selous is enthusiastic about this first development, which will offer affordable homes to Dunstable's nurses, teachers and firefighters. He commented: "Bill Dunster set out a compelling case for affordable zero energy bill homes that people want to live in. There is a huge demand for affordable housing and I will do what I can to keep this matter at the top of the government's list of priorities".
Dunster added: "As the pods are constructed from quality fireproof, durable and robust materials, they are designed to last as long as a traditionally built home. The pods' solar roofs generate more energy than the houses consume, so they will also have the lowest possible running costs."
ZEDPod owners will have their own balcony and front door, a kitchen and dining table, a bathroom and a lounge, with stairs leading to a mezzanine floor bed space with home office desk, double bed, wardrobe and storage. ZEDPods will be sold with a 'Q Assure' mortgageable warranty.
For more information about the new modular homes visit the ZEDPods website.