Sunday 24 June 2018

Plans for multi-storey 'modular' home blocks

An example of a modular home. Photo:
An example of a modular home. Photo:
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Multi-storey blocks of so-called 'modular' homes could be built as part of the State's efforts to solve the homelessness crisis.

Local authorities and voluntary housing agencies could sanction 'rapid delivery homes' being built in blocks of units instead of in smaller schemes of up to 30 units, it has emerged.

The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) has asked companies to provide information on the types of 'rapid delivery' homes they are capable of supplying to ramp up delivery across the country.

Tender documents state that the companies should be in a position to supply "standard" homes with one, two or three bedrooms, which are two-storeys in height. But it adds that in some urban areas, there may also be sites suitable for "multi-storey" buildings.

In a request for market information, the OGP says it is attempting to understand the "nature, structure, capacity and capability" of the market to deliver so-called "rapid delivery housing solutions". But it stressed that it was not seeking any of these units, merely seeking information.

The move comes as part of the outgoing Government's commitment to deliver 350 rapid-build homes as part of its Social Housing Strategy to 2020. The 350 units are planned for the four Dublin local authorities, but other councils may also decide to use them.

Irish Independent

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