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Vogue Studios, Lewes Road, Brighton. By Waugh Thistleton for McLaren. Photo: Daniel Shearing The student accommodation market also offers a strong opportunity for build-to-rent investors. 106 Lewes Road in Brighton was designed by architect Waugh Thistleton to provide a range of bespoke studio apartments for students. The property is a hybrid structure of CLT walls and floors with closed timber frame panels; it was completed in less than 12 months.

The future of build-to-rent

Further information

With the challenges of both availability and affordability, the build-to-rent sector can help to provide more much-needed homes in our towns and cities. In the 2017 housing White Paper5, the Government welcomed build-to-rent as a desirable and enduring feature of the UK housing market.

For more information about build-to-rent and the timber industry, visit www.woodforgood.com and sign up for a regular monthly newsletter.

However, build-to-rent is still a fledgling market with major challenges being the availability of land, achieving planning permission and the competition for land among developers. Build-to-rent developments also need to tread a fine line between being affordable for renters and delivering reasonable profits for the investment institutions that are funding them.

1. Unlocking the Benefits and Potential of Build to Rent, The British Property Federation, February 2017

For the timber industry, build-to-rent offers an unparalleled opportunity to deliver high-quality, healthy, sustainable homes that can be built quickly and efficiently using modern methods of construction. n

3. English Housing Survey Headline Report 2015-16, Department for Communities and Local Government

About the author

References

2. Planning and affordable housing for Build to Rent, Department for Communities and Local Government, February 2017

4. Home Improvements: Action to address the housing challenges faced by young people, Resolution Foundation, April 2018 5. Fixing our broken housing market, Department for Communities and Local Government, February 2017

Christiane Lellig Campaign Director Wood for Good www.trada.co.uk

Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook

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Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook  

The annual publication of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) includes topical and technical features on all aspects of...

Timber 2019 Industry Yearbook  

The annual publication of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) includes topical and technical features on all aspects of...

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