Port Loop homes helping to meet housing demand crisis
A recent report by the BBC found that the size of the housing supply gap in the UK may be in excess of one million homes. That’s why new neighbourhoods like Port Loop in Birmingham can make all the difference to meeting housing demand across the regions.
On Monday 24 February, the BBC Housing Briefing was launched from Port Loop; citing the development as a prime example of how developers can address demand and offer something that answers the needs of modern day living.
Tom Bloxham, Chairman of Urban Splash, joined Paul Kershaw, one of the first homeowners at Port Loop, to discuss how the neighbourhood is evolving and how the design of the homes, alongside placemaking efforts, modern construction methods and the ability to regenerate a brownfield area, are helping to answer demands of homeowners in Birmingham.
When being interviewed, Tom said: “We’re building lots of new houses, but we’re also working with community groups and transforming the area from what was once a rather grotty place into a great place to live.”
One of the unique aspects of Port Loop is the construction methods used, with some of the new houses built in a factory; helping to speed up the build process and, in turn, meet the high levels of demand.
Tom commented on this build process, saying: “Houses are getting more expensive and no better and so we believe, working with our Japanese partners, Sekisui House, and Places for People, our Joint Venture Partners, that we should industrialise the production of housing; making really beautiful, good houses that add to the existing supply in the UK.”