RHP launches innovative modular home product

23rd June 2017

We will soon be launching our innovative new modular home product ‘LaunchPod’. The prototype of the 26sqm one bedroom apartment is the first home to be made in Legal and General’s revolutionary factory in Leeds and has been designed to the highest standards by architects Wimshurst Pelleriti.

This building method uses high quality materials and ensures faster construction, a more eco-friendly build and a marked development cost reduction compared with traditional builds.

RHP will be using the homes to break into the intermediate market – helping the growing group of people who don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private market.

David Done, RHP’s Chief Executive says: “I’m really excited about this new product and the opportunities it can create for those struggling to rent in London. I was blown away when I first saw the prototype – it is spacious, modern and high quality. This is just one of the ways we’re aiming to combat the housing crisis and will contribute to our target of investing £250M in new affordable homes over the next eight years”.

The clever use of space from architects Wimshurst Pelleriti means that the homes can incorporate many of the features of a much larger flat with the space being made to work hard.  Key priorities included  dedicated space for cooking, eating, sleeping, washing, and studying or work, as well as to store essential items and to have visitors during the day, evening or to stay overnight. William Wimshurst, Director of Wimshurst Pelleriti commented “RHP were adamant throughout the R&D process that they did not want to use space saving gimmicks such as fold down beds that are maintenance heavy and typically associated with small spaces. Their aim throughout was to provide high quality accommodation that did not compromise on quality or the feeling of space”.

We will be showcasing the product at CIH’s Housing 2017 conference in Manchester on 27, 28 and 29 June where visitors to their stand will be able to get a sneak peak of LaunchPod through virtual reality. Special guests will be able to take a real look around the prototype home (currently at RHP’s offices) at the official launch event on 12 July.

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