Empty London Buildings Are Repurposed For Temporary Affordable Housing

Empty London Buildings Are Repurposed For Temporary Affordable Housing
Design

The SHED project connects young professionals to affordable housing in an expensive city

Jiwon Kim
  • 5 september 2017

With more people moving into metropolitan areas, rent is going up. Areas are quickly being gentrified and, unless you have a lot of money, it is increasingly difficult to find affordable and comfortable housing. U.K. property management company Lowe Guardians wants to help change this in London. With an initiative called the SHED project, the company is looking to help young professionals live in the pricey city by building “sheds” within vacant buildings.

In a survey of London buildings, Lowe Guardians found that there are empty warehouses that currently serve no purpose. Therefore, they decided to help both property owners and young professionals by building modular housing within them. These can be constructed within a day and offer affordable accommodations. Available in different sizes, shed materials include wool, oriented strand board and recycled polyester.

“The SHED concept provides a safe, sustainable alternative for workers seeking short-term accommodation. In every site we occupy, we fit the spaces out to a habitable standard but this has historically created a considerable amount of waste; both financially and environmentally. We were looking for a solution which allowed us to much more creative with the space, and take everything with us when we went onto the next site,” Tim Lowe, Lowe Guardians director, said in a press release.

With design assistance from Studio Bark, Lowe Guardians wanted to create a solution for those struggling to find housing options. Although maybe not the largest space, young professionals have a private space that they can change and personalize to fit their taste. Most importantly, they get a private space they can afford. Property owners also benefit from having these large empty spaces being put to use.

Lowe Guardians

With more people moving into metropolitan areas, rent is going up. Areas are quickly being gentrified and, unless you have a lot of money, it is increasingly difficult to find affordable and comfortable housing. U.K. property management company Lowe Guardians wants to help change this in London. With an initiative called the SHED project, the company is looking to help young professionals live in the pricey city by building “sheds” within vacant buildings.

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