HOW REYNAERS IS AHEAD OF THE TREND WITH GOVERNMENT HOUSING WHITE PAPER
Leading provider of aluminium glazing systems Reynaers offers its insight into the housing white paper and outlines how it is already helping to meet the proposals.
The white paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, was published this month by the Department for Communities and Local Government and will set the direction for long-term housing policy.
It sets out how the government aims to bolster housing supply whilst creating a more efficient and prosperous housing market to match the needs of the UK’s population.
Prior to the white paper’s publication, Reynaers reached out to architects to ask what they thought the government’s priority should be to meet reform demands. Of almost a hundred respondents 62% cited affordable housing, 16% flexible housing, 13% energy efficiency and 9% maximising space.
An accurate set of predictions, the white paper outlines how the government intends to make housing more affordable to give people security for the future. This will be implemented in four steps: planning for the right homes in the right places, building homes faster, diversifying the market and helping people now.
Prime Minister Theresa May highlighted how in order to plan for the right homes in the right places there needs to be a focus on quality homes. Section 1.49 of the white paper expands: “An effective system of Building Regulations and building control is essential to ensuring that homes are built to good quality standards, are safe, highly energy efficient, sustainable, accessible and secure.”
Building homes faster is an initiative to ensure that development plans are implemented to the timescales expected, boosting local authority capacity and holding developers to account for the delivery of new homes. Diversifying the market will involve boosting productivity and innovation by encouraging modern methods of construction in house building, and the final proposal to help people now is about supporting people in their own homes, including flexible and accessible housing.
Rebecca Cope, Marketing Manager at Reynaers, said: “Reynaers is committed to its innovation and technology, producing systems for the world’s most striking buildings to suit the changing needs of architects and homeowners.
“A new variant of our CS 77, a ‘turn before tilt’ window, has been launched to meet new guidelines for accessible homes – with no compromise on aesthetics or cost-effectiveness. The handle is centrally positioned at the bottom, keeping it within easy reach even when the window is open for those with a disability or decreased mobility in later life. The proposed greater levels of accessible housing will certainly help people remain independent and living in their own homes for longer.
“Reynaers is ideally suited to meet the government’s proposals for housing reform across the board thanks to the manufacturing and energy efficiency of our aluminium systems, combined with increased stock holding in the UK. Our new headquarters in Birmingham has more than twice as much warehouse space, and will also house a dedicated showroom and Training Centre. Complete with an installation rig, this will help to address knowledge gaps in the market.”
CASE STUDY: GREENWICH SQUARE
Nestled in a busy London district, Greenwich Square is an award-winning, striking regeneration scheme at the old site of Greenwich District Hospital.
More than 600 new homes are going to be created as part of London’s first major carbon neutral development, 50% of which is affordable. Offering infrastructure to residents, the design echoes traditional street patterns with a variety of amenities surrounding a relaxed public square.
The south east London project has utilised multiple Reynaers systems, including CS 86-HI, CS 77, CW 50 and Vision 50. These aluminium windows and doors are well-insulated to control heat and air permeability, thereby reducing costs for residents.
Greenwich Square was designed by Make Architects, fabricated by Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium Ltd and contracted by Mace Plc. In 2014 the scheme won Best Residential Development at The Wharf Awards.
Rebecca Cope said: “Greenwich Square is an impressive project which showcases the design freedom, sustainability credentials and functionality of our aluminium systems. The result of the development is an integrated and affordable living space in a sought-after London location.”
The build has now started, using sustainable materials and techniques, including the incorporation of on-site energy technology. Greenwich Square will be complete in 2017. The aim is to deliver a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated development and to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standards.
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