Housing: Construction

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) how many £60,000 homes have been built following the Design for Manufacture competition to date; in which locations have such homes been built; and what the average sale price has been;

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on the construction costs of new housing of the Design for Manufacture competition.

Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Design for Manufacture competition launched in April 2005 is run by the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships) on behalf of Communities and Local Government. The competition was the Government's challenge to the housebuilding industry to build high-quality, well-designed homes for £60,000. The figure of £60,000 relates to a target cost for building a two bedroom home and does not reflect the sale price. Developers are responsible for final sales for individual homes setting prices in accordance with local market conditions. The programme comprising ten sites is currently on track to deliver the target of building 30 per cent. of the homes on each site for £60,000 The Homes and Communities Agency will report back on the exact number of £60,000 homes built on each site following completion of the programme. The sites and target number of £60,000 homes to be built are listed in the following table.

A detailed publication on the lessons learned so far from the Design for Manufacture competition was published by English Partnerships in June 2006. It sets out the 10 initial lessons learnt including one about constructions costs. The overall assessment was that these costs can be controlled whilst at the same time improving the quality of homes being developed.

The Design for Manufacture lessons learnt publication is available at:


The Homes and Communities Agency intend publishing Lessons Learnt II shortly.

Sites Total number of homes to be built Target total of £60,000 homes to be built( 1)
Oxley Park, Milton Keynes 145 56
Allerton Bywater Millennium Community, Leeds 151 46
Upton, Northampton 158 50
Renny Lodge, Newport Pagnell 68 21
School Road, Hastings 12 4
Horns Cross, Dartford 37 13
Linton Hospital, Maidstone 150 45
Park Prewett, Basingstoke 137 42
Oxford Road, Aylesbury 102 40
Rowan Road, Merton 217 65
(1) Unable to report back on number of completed £60,000 homes until the programme is over and all sites fully built out and developed.

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