Ackroyd Lowrie host ‘Hacking the Housing Crisis: An evening dedicated to innovative solutions that will transform the property sector.

Ackroyd Lowrie hosted an evening of fascinating debate about how we could ’hack’ the current shortage of homes for Londoners. The evening was chaired by Liz Peace, Head of the Old Oak Common + Park Royal Redevelopment Corporation, and featured a panel of experts from across the construction and property sector. 

The panel was comprised of: 

Michael Allen from Quintain . Quintain are the developer behind the massive redevelopment of Wembley and were pioneers of the Private Rental Sector. Michael’s hack was to build great rental accommodation that would be appropriate for a range of occupants and relieve pressure on the build-to-sell sector. 

Chris Brown from Igloo Regeneration proposed a hack of allowing communities to develop their own housing. 

Claire Bennie from Municipal. Municipal develop Local Authority owned sites, and Claire’s hack was to build new homes for older generations, which would free up larger homes which could be used by families. 

Amanda Bailieu, who runs Archiboo, and is the ex-editor in chief of Building Design magazine proposed an online database of small sites that would allow self-builders and communities to develop them. 

Ben Pemberton runs Cloud Offsite Construction. Cloud build residential accommodation in a factory in Hull, and then ship the units in volumetric form all round the country. Ben’s hack is to build quicker and to a higher quality by building in factory conditions. 

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