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  • 12/09/2002
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The UK has more methods of constructing homes than any other country in the world, and the number is...

The UK has more methods of constructing homes than any other country in the world, and the number is growing all the time, according to a new report published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

The new research report, produced jointly with Building Research Establishment, examines current developments as well as the history of non-traditional construction. In particular, it looks at the drive to use off-site manufacturing techniques and the attitudes to this of housing associations, builders, surveyors and insurers, as well as lenders.

Peter Williams, deputy director general at the CML, said: ‘Lenders are taking a positive approach to new building techniques but a central issue for them will continue to be whether a building holds its value in the long term. This can be difficult to assess because there are so many types of construction on the market.’

He added: ‘The report does not provide all the answers but it gives lenders and others an overview of market developments and issues. The current housing market is providing a strong impetus for the further development of innovative building techniques and lenders will continue to support this wherever possible.’

Surprisingly, pre-fabricated housing was identified as having a crucial role in the Government’s plans to provide affordable housing for key workers in areas like London and the South East, where prices have risen rapidly in recent years.


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