Bermondsey Spa, London © Levitt Bernstein and Hyde Group. Photographer Tim Crocker
Our consultations and research have repeatedly demonstrated that the typical home being built in the UK is uninspiring. Too little thought is given to design, there is a lack of innovation and choice is poor. A 2010 YouGov public poll for the RIBA revealed only one in four would consider buying a home built within the last ten years, mainly because rooms were too small.57 This perception is confirmed in housing audits carried out by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment in 2005 and 2007. It rated 29% of new housing as ‘poor’, while a further 53% was just ‘average’. Only 18% was ‘good’ or ‘very good’.58 This is a warning for house builders keen to increase demand.
56_ For more detail on energy efficiency and its social impact, see Consumer Focus evidence submitted to the Commission, online at http://www.consumerfocus. org.uk/files/2009/06/Consumer-Focus-response-toFuture-Homes-Commission-call-for-evidence.pdf 57_ The Case for Space, 2011, RIBA, page 8 58_ Housing audit: assessing the design quality of new homes in England, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, 2005-2007