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MODULAR HOUSING SITES FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES IN EALING
Quality of Life
(FINALIST 2019) Modified shipping containers provide high-quality, modular housing for homeless families.
Ealing Council was one of the first local authorities in Europe to use innovative modular homes made from heavily modified shipping containers as temporary accommodation for local homeless people. Ealing’s excellent transport links and outstanding schools mean it has been hit particularly hard by London’s housing crisis: local people are priced out of the housing market and some find themselves homeless. For this project, the council works in partnership with QED Sustainable Developments to offer 108 safe, private housing units for vulnerable families with nowhere else to go.
The modular buildings are each self-contained, with their own kitchens and bathrooms. That means they offer a far better standard of accommodation than other alternatives, which usually only offer a single room for the whole family, with shared cooking and washing facilities. The homes are built on sites which are earmarked for future development and are designed so that they can be easily moved to other sites when necessary. Despite this flexibility, the homes are built to the same rigorous standards as traditional buildings. They improve the neighbourhoods they are set up in by bringing derelict, run-down sites back into good use.