Recognising that estates may be redeveloped in the future in other ways, we intend to make our design deconstructable using circular economy principles. We can unlock the potential of underutilised land, without preventing future redevelopment.
This means if the land is needed before the end of the life of our new properties, they can be fully deconstructed and moved to another site. This would not be a prefabricated system, but a way of designing; standard materials put together in a way that means they can be taken apart again. Glues, wet trades, permanent fixings are avoided, and friction grip connections, standard sizes and bolts are embraced. This does not result in reduced quality, in fact because parts are retained, moved to new sites or sold on, high quality is even more important.
Using deconstructable elements in this way rather than volumetric pre-fabrication, means there more options at the stage of re-purposing the land, and the house pieces can be reconfigured to fit a new space. This is important given the type of unattractive sites we seek – which may be awkwardly shaped and not suit a pre-fabricated box.
The monthly savings of the self builder (compared to paying rent) will allow them to save for a permanent piece of land. Alternatively the component parts can be sold in the future and a traditional house bought.