Seeking housing solutions

By Natalie Vincent

Lambeth Council is developing modular housing to provide temporary accommodation for homeless households, through a not-for-profit company, Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise (PLACE), set up by a group of London boroughs earlier this year.

The modular housing will be capable of being moved from one site to another as required, using parcels of suitable vacant land. The Greater London Authority is investing £11 million from its innovation fund, London Ventures, into the scheme and is supported by the umbrella group London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London.

There are currently over 54,300 London households living in temporary accommodation (TA) – of which nearly 44,000 are families with children. Lambeth currently has more than 2,100 households living in TA, with almost 60% of these living outside of the borough boundary.

Paul Gadsby, cabinet member for housing, said: "Homelessness is one of the biggest challenges facing the council and London as a whole. We’re determined to do everything we can to provide more homes for families who are currently living in temporary housing.

"We want to make the best use of land that is currently available, while ensuring that any new accommodation we can provide is of the highest quality; this project allows us to do that in collaboration with other London councils which are ready to play their part in tackling homelessness."

PLACE has now issued an invitation to tender for the design and manufacture of modular temporary accommodation.