Gateshead Innovation Village

We’re in the grip of a housing crisis, with demand for homes outstripping supply. If we’re going to tackle this crisis then 300,000 new homes need to be built every year. Yet in 2016/17 only 217,350 new houses were constructed in the UK, leaving a gap of over 82,000. Could more efficient building methods help bridge this gap?

At Gateshead Innovation Village we’re looking at new ways to address the housing crisis starting with how we can construct homes quicker, use technology smarter, and create more energy-efficient housing developments. 

It’s a live research project to build a village from scratch using a mix of traditional and modular homes, energy efficient and smart technologies and test their ongoing performance.

At the end of the project, we’ll be able to see how well different modern methods of construction have performed, how they help build a community, how they integrate with smart technology and energy efficient heating systems; in other words, what housing of the future should look like

Modular home construction versus traditional building methods

We know that modular housing developments can be constructed in a fraction of the time it takes to build a "bricks and mortar" house. When demand for housing is high, speeding up the construction process means more homes become available for people sooner. But which construction methods perform the best in the short, medium and long term?

At Gateshead Innovation Village, we’re working with specialist partners to pitch traditional construction against different modular methods by building a new village of 35 modular houses, using five different house types, alongside six traditional, bricks and mortar homes.

A new community

Once the village is built our customers will have the opportunity to move in and create a brand new community. They’ll have a vital role to play in our research by sharing their experiences of the housing type and technology.