New guide promises better designed rental homes

The Urban Land Institute has launched a new design guide, to help developers and builders create better homes that are designed from the outset for renters. Should it be adopted widely by the industry, then renters of the future will have far better homes to live in, compared with the frequently indifferent choices they face today.

The guide underlines the importance of building high quality homes, with supporting facilities and great customer service. It covers location, scale, exterior, interior and public spaces, and how living in a properly designed rental home should be a great experience.

The project has been supported by the government’s Private Rented Sector Taskforce, and guided by Nick Jopling who, apart from being executive director of property at major landlord Grainger, is chair of the ULI’s Residential Council. “Our ambition is for this to become a benchmark for everyone involved in the design, delivery and ownership of Build to Rent property,” he said. “It is not a house building manual. It tackles what has to be done differently for the successful delivery of high quality and wide ranging UK build to rent housing.”

Russell Pedley, a director at Assael Architecture, added: “Our research has enabled us to draw out the design differences, that not only identify the efficiencies that help improve the viability and durability of build to rent. It demonstrates that with the right approach, it can help foster communities in a building that are easy and fun places to live for singles, couples and families.”

It is hoped that the guide will become as widely adopted as the British Council for Offices Specification Guide, a private sector initiative that has substantially improved standards of design in office projects, reducing overspecification and wastage at the same time.

More on the guide, and how to order a copy, here.

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