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28 Aug 2018
Revolutionary Modular Housing by astudio, London, England, UK

Astudio launches revolutionary modular housing method in partnership
With major london borough

Proprietary construction method offers expedited, end-to-end design, production and installation significantly reducing the cost of modular build

Inaugural homes developed in partnership with Be First
in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London 28 August 2018: astudio, the award-winning architectural practice, launches amodular, its proprietary modular building method with Be First, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’ s pioneering regeneration company. The ground-breaking process reduces the cost of modular housing, provides high-quality homes and offers one potential solution to help solve the UK’s housing crisis.

The innovative volumetric modular construction method developed by astudio enables the expedited assembly of low-energy homes, fitted-out, completed and manufactured offsite using precision methods of construction to provide robust, high-design modular housing.

astudio’s homes are supplied on a turnkey standardised production basis. Costs are minimised through bulk purchasing of materials and components. The small selection of standardised modules speeds up production and reduces the potential for defects during build. Multiple fixtures, fittings and cladding options both internally and externally are available, enabling each building to have a distinctive look and feel.

Working in collaboration with regeneration company Be First and offsite modular manufacturer Rollalong, astudio’s pioneering approach is being implemented in two new developments in the borough, at Mellish Close and Sugden Way in Barking.

Consisting of eight council flats in Mellish Close and 13 in Sugden Way, the homes will be built to the highest quality standards, in complete accordance with building and health & safety build regulations, more sustainably, cost-efficiently and within an accelerated time-frame of 60 weeks from design to handover compared to the 24-30 months it would take for traditional builds, saving the council vital resources.

Be First was established in 2017 with a mission to accelerate regeneration and, in particular, to address the growing shortage of housing in the borough.

Across the UK local and national government now spend £2 million a day on temporary accommodation for the over-77,000 homeless households under local authority care.

Richard Hyams, Co-founder and CEO of astudio, commented: “We are delighted to be working in close partnership with Be First and the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham to help address the critical housing shortage in the borough, using our amodular proprietary production method. It is vital that landowners, developers, local councils and the community collaborate if we are to free up land and develop innovative solutions to address the critical shortage of housing in this country. It makes sense that one of those innovations is modular housing. We believe that in the very near future, building will become like car production, with houses becoming quality manufactured products.”

Iain Ferguson, Commercial Director for Be First, commented: “At Be First we are determined to increase the pace and quality of development in Barking and Dagenham. So, we are excited to be working with astudio on this ground-breaking scheme which we expect to reduce costs and deliver top-class housing in a fraction of the normal build time.”

About astudio:
astudio is an award-winning, design-led practice, leading its field in design for manufacture. It is committed to delivering high-quality innovative architecture in a wide range of sectors – characterised by strong conceptual thinking, enduring and sustainable design and collaborative working. It is an RIBA award winner and only five years since its foundation, it won Building Magazine’s coveted Architectural Practice of the Year in 2012.

About Be First
Be First is a pioneering new regeneration company accelerating growth in the borough of Barking and Dagenham. See

22 Jun 2018
astudio model on the UK housing crisis selected by the Royal Academy of Arts for its prestigious Summer Exhibition, London, England, UK
astudio model on UK housing crisis
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astudio model on UK housing crisis
British Architecture firm astudio has been invited to exhibit its model on the UK housing crisis by the Royal Academy of Arts for at its prestigious Summer Exhibition. astudio views modern modular housing as potentially a key part of the solution to the lack of affordable housing in the UK.

May 2012
Wigan Life Centre wins the Regeneration category at the RICS North West Awards 2012

Apr 2012
Astudio wins Architectural Practice of the Year at Building Awards 2012

Astudio – Key Projects

Major Developments by Astudio, alphabetical:

Kent Library & History Centre, Maidstone, Kent, southeast England

’Media and Cultural City’, Tripoli, Libya
Tripoli Media & Cultural City building design by astudio
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Astudio design : Media and Cultural City Tripoli
MIPIM/Architectural Review “Big Urban Project” Award 2008
Astudio is delighted to announce that it has won the Future Projects Award at Mipim this year in the Big Urban Projects category. The project is a large mixed use Culture and Media City in the heart of Tripoli.
Astudio has developed a Masterplan for the site as well as a design for an Opera House the first building to be developed as part of a grand city wide development of new buildings.

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Astudio Architects Practice Information

Astudio office located in London, England, UK.

Astudio : London Architects

The architecture practice was founded by Richard Hyams in 2007 after 15 experience with over 12 years at Foster and Partners. Richard Hyams has completed high profile buildings such as City Hall London and Duxford Aircraft Museum, Cambridge.

Astudio’s passion is delivering high quality design blending the latest technologies with more traditional techniques such as sketches and model making creating a unique method to both design and present their work.

Richard was joined by Aart Koning, Karsten Huneck and Max Rengifo. All experienced in delivering high quality large scale projects.

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