Philip Hammond: Prefabs Are ‘The Future’

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    Philip Hammond, the chancellor of the United Kingdom, has said that prefab houses are “the future” since the young people do not want to work on construction sites during bad weather.

    He said that off-site construction and other innovative techniques were the only way that the United Kingdom could meet the target of the British government for 300,000 new homes per year. He said that there are only too few skilled workers are available for traditional methods of construction.

    The remarks by Hammond regarding the work attitudes of young people may likely raise some eyebrows, however, his strong support for pre-packed homes is anticipated to be welcomed by campaigners for a solution to the housing crisis of the United Kingdom.

    The reputation of prefabs has suffered due to the poor-quality homes that were built during and after the Second World War, however, various new factories have opened in the past years and they seem to be on the cusp of a revival.

    Today, Hammond informed the treasury committee of the parliament: “For many, many reasons this is going to be the future, not least because I’m told by major house builders in this country that it is increasingly difficult to recruit young people who want to work outdoors on open building site conditions in all weathers.”

    He added: “It’s much easier to recruit people on off-site construction inside a factory environment, where working conditions are generally better.”

    Hammond said that it was government policy to encourage such manufacturing of pre-made homes, utilising the buying power of the government, affordable housing policy and the Homes England agency in order to support the industry.

    He made the remarks as a response to a question from John Mann, a Labour MP who asked how the UK government plans to support a fledgeling industry of manufactured housing that had been “dormant for the last four years.”