Client: Taylor Wimpey Project 2020
Status: Concept competition

Off-site construction technology doesn’t have to mean monotonous or inferior design. Realising its potential to increase the UK’s housing supply, Newground has created a range of modular designs using a small set of standard components.Our design concept for a range of 2, 3 and 4-bedroomed houses, shortlisted by Taylor Wimpey in their Project 2020 RIBA competition, is based on 5 wall panel types manufactured off-site for assembly into single volumetric modules on-site.

The wall panels come with openings that allow the volumes to be coupled to make up 1, 1.5 and 2-bay modules or, in the case of 1, 1.5 and 2-bay houses on-site. The houses are suitable for different  site conditions and plot widths ranging from 4.6m for a single-bay house to 6.6m for a 1.5-bay house and 8.5m for a 2-bay house. Different configurations: terraced, semi-detached or detached plus a range of key components such as doors and windows and external cladding options create variety and customer choice.

The interchangeable use of rooms and the ease with which parts of the house can be used almost independently make the layout adaptable and the design resilient to demographic changes and patterns of occupation.

By limiting the key elements of construction, our design allows for replication in large numbers reducing cost without compromising variety and choice. Dimensional consistency also allows for the prefabrication of internal elements ranging from stairs and partitions to kitchens, bathrooms and fitted furniture in standard sizes but with a choice of finishes and components for a custom-made appearance.