Flying High for Ealing's Modular Homes

Ealing Council’s innovative modular homes units which have helped house people temporarily, avoiding costly bed and breakfast provision, has been recognised with a top award for Housing at the Place West London Events this month.

The judging committee recognised the clear benefits to homeless residents in terms of being housed in the units as oppose to bed and breakfast. It also recognised that the council has saved around £319k to date as a result of the two developments.

Ealing was one of the first local authorities to use a new innovative system of constructed modular homes as a substitute to bed and breakfast accommodation from reconditioned materials in its borough.

The two developments are readily installed and later removed or relocated once the council’s use of the site has ended. The units are an improvement on living conditions and the wellbeing of families as they benefit from self-contained rather than shared accommodation.The construction of the sites were on previously blighted and under-used sites and therefore have improved the wider streetscape scene.

Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “This award recognises the innovative nature of the project, the benefits to users and the hard work of all those involved in the project – which is one of the first of its kind in the UK.”

You can read the full award entry by clicking here.  

Above: A bird mural on the side of the modular homes units.