Innovative rooftop homes scheme gets £9m government backing

A pioneering project to build rooftop properties that will then be lifted on to existing buildings in London is being backed by the Government.

The innovative scheme is one of several that will receive £500 million in funding to build more than 11,000 new affordable homes across England.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced the funding at the recent London First Building Summit. The project includes strategic partnerships between Homes England, the national housing agency, and housing associations across the country.

Unused airspace called into action

The London rooftops scheme involves £9 million in investment for Apex Airspace Developments, the private company that specialises in this type of development.

Apex uses unused airspace above residential, commercial and public buildings as a location for new homes. They construct the homes offsite and then transport them to the sites where a crane winches the property into place.

In London, Tooting, Wanstead, Walthamstow, Putney and Wallington will all benefit from the project, which is only being made possible because revised planning rules encourage local authorities to utilise airspace.

The first rooftop homes are expected to be in place by late summer 2019.

Boost for housing associations

Mr Brokenshire said: “By providing targeted investment in affordable homes, and funding innovative projects to build rooftop properties, we are making our housing market work for everyone.

“Our £500 million funding boost for housing associations will help them build thousands of extra affordable homes – including properties for social rent.”