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Coming up in 2017 - Housing Affordability in Europe study tour

New Zealand is not alone in its housing crisis; major cities across Europe and UK face a similar housing supply shortage, particularly for affordable housing. The impact of the global financial crisis hit construction of affordable and social housing hardest, leaving significant deficits in affordable housing. Land supply and construction costs are challenges for European/UK cities, as they are for New Zealand.

However, there has been a marked difference in the response in Europe and UK. Cities and central governments have been working in partnership to address supply, frequently partnering with private enterprise to deliver significant housing developments which include a significant percentage of affordable housing components within mixed developments. Off-site manufacturing plays a greater role in  industrialising these countries’ responses to meeting housing demand, particularly on the Continent.

HafenCity, HamburgBeacon will be leading a study tour to London, Manchester, Freiberg, Hamburg and Malmo, to explore the different approaches that European countries take in supporting, mandating and providing affordable housing.

Highlights include:

  • The transformation of Olympic Park
  • How the Greater London Council facilitates housing development
  • Investment by construction company Laing O’Rourke in off-site manufacture
  • London’s largest Housing Association, L&Q
  • Redevelopment of Islington in Manchester
  • Freiberg’s Reisenfeld housing development which showcases integrated transport development and low energy housing
  • Off-site manufacture in Falkenberg and Freiburg
  • HafenCity in Hamburg facilitated by extensive city investment in infrastructure
  • Exploring baugruppen in Hamburg, a type of resident-led development that cuts developer costs
  • Wilhelmsburg - social housing redevelopment in Hamburg
  • Malmo’s Western Harbour development
  • The large scale retrofit of Sweden’s one million homes in Augustenborg and Rosengard

Dates: September-October 2017

More information below.


  • 29-Nov-2016 (Presentation )

    Affordable Housing At Scale (PDF 4.5MB)

    Nick Collins

    This presentation provides an overview of what the 2017 study tour will focus on.  It includes learnings from the scoping tour in 2016 and what the 2017 study tour will visit to explore these learnings further.


  • 14-Nov-2016 (Publication )

    Itinerary for Housing Affordability in Europe Study Tour 2017 (PDF 738KB)

    Nick Collins

    Proposed itinerary for the 2017 study tour to Europe looking at solutions for addressing housing affordability.


  • 30-Jul-2016 (Report )

    Delivering Affordable Housing At Scale: Lessons from Europe (PDF 3.2MB)

    Nick Collins

    This report is the outcome of a three week scoping tour of Europe and the UK, which looked at how these countries are addressing challenges of housing affordability.  It analyses where the challenges are similar,  how shortages of affordable housing are being addressed differently, and what New Zealand can learn from these alternative approaches.


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: Housing in UK (PDF 166KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: Housing in Germany (PDF 102KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: Housing in Sweden (PDF 111KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: International Building Exhibition IBA Hamburg (PDF 411KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: Alternative housing delivery - Housing associations (PDF 51KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for the 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: Alternative housing delivery - Cooperatives (PDF 627KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for the 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


  • 01-Jul-2016 (Publication )

    Background: Alternative housing delivery - Baugruppen (PDF 445KB)

    Andrea Blackmore

    Background for the 2017 study tour looking at addressing housing affordability in Europe


Dates
September-October 2017

Cities
London, Manchester (provisionally), Freiburg, Hamburg, Malmo

Cost

To be confirmed