The final visit on Rob's tour was to the Oxley Woods development by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (formerly Richard Rogers Partnership) in Milton Keynes. This large scale development of 145 factory produced houses was the first project to use Rogers 'Homeshell' system of prefabricated structural insulated wall panels which are delivered to site and erected within 24 hours. The award winning scheme has been dubbed as the answer to the UK's housing crisis as it not only reduces construction time but provides a low cost energy efficient building. There are 10 different house types of 2-5 bedrooms; each designed with 'living' and 'service' zones to improve thermal efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
Stay tuned for the date of Rob's talk, where he will provide more information on each project and their relevance to the Canberra context.