How the timber industries can help solve the housing crisis 2021

How the timber industries can help solve the housing crisis 2021

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21 September 2021

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While significant progress has been made in recent years, with total housing stock in England increasing by around 243,770 homes in 2019-20, it is widely acknowledged that the market is still currently failing to balance supply with demand. Both Government and industry accept there needs to be a step change.

The current government pledged to support the delivery of a million homes by the end of 2020, and half a million more by the end of 2022, with the aim of building 300,000 net additional homes a year on average from 2025 – a target which may need to be extended according to the latest briefing paper.

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A new Maggie’s Centre, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, has opened in the grounds of Churchill Hospital, Oxford. It is set in a small but protected copse of mature trees which screen it from the massive hospital building nearby.

A dramatic timber canopy shelters the Constellations Bar, a new community space in The Baltic Triangle, between the Anglican cathedral and Queen’s Dock, a former industrial area in Liverpool which has evolved into a creative district.