Innovative pan-London homelessness scheme
ESS Modular installed and completed the first batch of modular homes, which will provide much needed accommodation for homeless families in London, on a test site in Tower Hamlets.
The prototype units are for PLACE (the Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise), a not-for-profit company established by London Councils. PLACE has a mission to use modular housing to address the severe shortage of high-quality temporary accommodation for homeless families.
PLACE was developed by the London Housing Directors’ Group and the umbrella body London Councils in response to the capital’s worsening homelessness crisis and the chronic shortage of temporary accommodation options. London accounts for two-thirds of homelessness in England, with more than 60,000 London households currently living in temporary accommodation.
The initiative is supported by £11 million in funding from the Mayor of London and represents the first collaboration between UK local authorities purchasing modular housing for this purpose.
Designed with council housing and homelessness experts and meeting all PLACE’s specifications, the units were manufactured using ESS Modular's precision offsite manufacturing method.
PLACE accommodation meets all London design requirements and building control regulations. The modular homes will be placed on vacant ‘meanwhile’ sites – land earmarked for development in the long term - which would otherwise remain underused for at least the next seven years.