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Coming up - 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: as yet unconfirmed

More information below.


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


To be confirmed