Extraspace wins £40m contract to supply modular homes for homeless

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Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise (PLACE) has selected Extraspace Solutions to manufacture its modular homes for homeless Londoners

Following a competitive procurement process, PLACE Ltd has selected Extraspace Solutions.

Extraspace Solutions will design and manufacture PLACE’s modular housing units, which will have the quality of permanent housing with the additional benefit that they can be relocated to a different site when required. London boroughs will use the units as temporary accommodation for homeless families.

The value of the contract is around £40m and will see Extraspace Solutions supply 200 homes by 2021.

PLACE’s modular housing units will be placed on vacant sites earmarked for development in the long term, but which would otherwise remain underused over the short-to-medium term.

Developed by the London Housing Directors’ Group and supported by the umbrella body London Councils, PLACE is hosted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Several boroughs are looking into suitable locations for PLACE accommodation and it is expected that the first site will be confirmed later this year.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for housing and planning, said: “PLACE is an exciting new collaboration designed to secure more and better accommodation for homeless Londoners.

“The capital faces a worsening housing crisis. In response, the boroughs are joining forces to procure modular housing to use as temporary accommodation. PLACE will deliver high-quality, family-sized accommodation for homeless Londoners in their local borough – close to their schools, jobs, and support networks – and delivering new housing on previously unusable sites in the process.

“This is the first time UK local authorities have jointly procured modular housing for this purpose and it shows London government’s determination to create better housing outcomes for homeless families.”

Mark Baigent, PLACE Ltd director, commented: “We’re really pleased to be working with Extraspace Solutions, who share our vision of innovative, attractive, and high-quality housing units that will help meet the needs of homeless Londoners.”

“Extraspace Solutions bring considerable expertise to PLACE’s crucial mission. We’re excited about driving forward with PLACE’s next steps over the coming months.”

Eleanor Moloney, Extraspace Solutions lead designer, said: “Extraspace are delighted to be supporting PLACE’s mission to provide high-quality, local accommodation for people needing a home.

“We are thrilled to be helping to deliver this exciting initiative, showcasing modern modular solutions in the residential market. This scheme will combine innovative design with a community feel. Our precision-manufactured modular houses will deliver the quality of permanent homes, meeting the London Plan’s space standards, and can be relocated to the site of most need.”

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