Thinkhouse is an online library of research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts drawn from across the sector who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote new research and encourage a new generation of experts the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition.
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Rescue, recovery and reform: housebuilding and the pandemic
Shelter commissioned Savills to assess the impact of the weakened economy on housebuilding. Savills have predicted that up to 244,000 jobs will go in the first year, and as many as 300,000 fewer homes will be built over five years. This is at a time when every job, and every home, counts more than ever.
Building for renewal: kickstarting the C19 housing recovery
In this essay collection Localis sets, in addition to its own analysis, twenty separate views from a wide range of individual experts and sector leading organisations asking how we might use the primacy of place to direct a return to housing growth, and with it, renewal as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delivery of council housing: a stimulus package post-pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably have a significant impact on the delivery of new homes across England. Whilst many construction sites across the country have now reopened, many remain closed or are operating at reduced capacity and this includes housing associations and councils
Planning for the Future. How flexible zoning will end the housing crisis.
In this final paper in a series critiquing the UK’s housing and planning framework, Anthony Breach draws on the work of the economist János Kornai to explain how inbuilt features in the planning system inevitably create the affordability crisis that we see in many cities and large towns.
Exploring the impact of long-term funding on the residential construction sector
This briefing paper says that construction productivity is dampened because building firms’ dependence on the volatile private housing market inhibits them from investing in new technologies and hiring or training up staff.
Garden Villages and Garden Towns: Visions and Reality
Transport for New Homes examined plans for 20 Garden Communities in detail, as well as the funding and policy landscape behind them, and found that – in their current form – they will generate high levels of traffic by condemning their residents to car-dependent lifestyles.
This collection of essays is published alongside Policy Exchange’s report Rethinking the Planning System for the 21st Century. It brings together economists, architects, urban designers, campaigners, developers, lawyers and researchers to consider how the planning system can be reformed in a way that addresses the challenges of our modern economy and society.
Help to Build: An emergency plan to support housing supply
Construction sites have returned to work after the initial impact of coronavirus. But new research shows that they are simply finishing off existing projects. Cautious estimates suggest housebuilding could fall by around 38% over the next year, leading to 76,000 fewer homes being built. The impact could be far worse if the economy fails to bounce back, leading to a near collapse of the sector.
Move On Up
This evaluation highlights that young adult carers are at a higher risk of becoming homeless or being in insecure living arrangements, yet previous research has found that no other housing project specifically for this group exists. Young adult carers are at greater risk of high tension and break down in family relationships, and many will not have the financial resources or the social relationships with peers needed to make a positive move out of the family home.
The next normal in construction How disruption is reshaping the world’s largest ecosystem
The construction industry, and its broader ecosystem, erects buildings, infrastructure, and industrial structures that are the foundation of our economies and are essential to our daily lives. It has successfully delivered ever more challenging projects, from undersea tunnels to skyscrapers. However, the industry also has performed unsatisfactorily in many regards for an extended period of time. The COVID-19 pandemic may be yet another crisis that wreaks havoc on an industry that tends to be particularly vulnerable to economic cycles.