HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Homeless Crisis

Incorporated into this week’s property portal, HEKKTA will be taking a look at the homeless crisis and what’s being done about it, as more people in the UK find themselves on the street this winter.

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The government have just announced a new scheme to aid those that find themselves on the streets. With numbers of homeless people rising, it is an issue that needs desperate attention. Somewhere Safe to Stay centres will be created in 11 cities around the UK, providing not only shelter when it’s needed most, but also assistance for those dealing with mental health issues and addiction. Minister for housing James Brokenshire announced £4.8 million for the new network of hubs, as part of the government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy.

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London-based architecture studio Reed Watts have created wooden sleeping pods that are easily assembled and transported, so more shelter can be provided for the homeless this winter. Currently installed inside the 999 Club night shelter in Deptford, it is a perfect example of how architecture, design and sharing ideas can have a direct impact upon a serious crisis arising in the UK.

Modular sleeping pods - HEKKTA - Homeless Crisis

Modular sleeping pods – HEKKTA – Homeless Crisis

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Two nightclubs in Berlin, Astra Kulturhaus and Bi Nuu, are opening their doors this winter to give people a warm nights sleep as temparatures in the German city get perilously cold.

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Experts in technology and design have pointed out that drone counter-measures and regulation have lagged behind the new drone technology and that currently the systems in place to prevent situations arising, like the one at Gatwick Airport, are not working.

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Two new towers by Zaha Hadid Architects for London’s Vauxhall have won approval. The towers will be mixed-use containing offices, apartments, some shops and also a hotel. Despite the buildings coming under scrutiny for their size, Lambeth Council’s planning committee approved the development, praising it as a “very high design quality that responds appropriately to its context”.

Vauxhall Cross Island towers - HEKKTA - Homeless Crisis

Vauxhall Cross Island towers – HEKKTA – Homeless Crisis

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A report by engineering firm WSP called Out of Thin Air – One Year On, has outlined the potential for easing the current housing crisis in London by building over the railway tracks. Their research suggests that 10 per cent of the potential overbuild sites identified in the report could be used, which would be be enough space for 280,000 new homes. Could we see a new look London building above the tracks?

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It appears as though overseas landlords are nerved by the Brexit situation as more and more retreat from the UK property market.

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New photos have been released documenting the progress of MAD’s enormous complex of extraordinary shaped towers designed to look like mountains, called the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Centre in Shenzhen. Click here to see the site.

Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Centre - HEKKTA - Homeless Crisis

Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Centre – HEKKTA – Homeless Crisis

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Renzo Piano unveils his design for a new bridge to replace the one that tragically collapsed earlier this year. Not fancy in it’s aesthetic at all, Piano instead stressing the importance for a ‘safe’, ‘simple’ and ‘durable’ replacement.

Morandi overpass - HEKKTA - Homeless Crisis

Morandi overpass – HEKKTA – Homeless Crisis

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Surprising statistics have emerged which show that the number of young families owning homes has actually risen after a 30 year period with consitent falling numbers. Due to home price stagnation, a further 190,000 young families are now homeowners.

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The government’s huge property sell off is on course to hit it’s £5bn target by 2020, ministers have commented.

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A British property developer, The Collective, is in talks with Amazon to create a huge $125m co-living accomodation site for Amazon staff in the area of their new headquarters in Queens. Housing around 200 people, the co-living situation involves private apartments but more communal leisure spaces, like lounges, bars and gyms – this style of living is intended for millennials who cannot or are to yet ready to buy a home.

The Collective x Amazon - HEKKTA - Homeless Crisis

The Collective x Amazon – HEKKTA – Homeless Crisis

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Have a glimpse inside the first reveal of Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnels.

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The government has announced that it will implement all the recommendations from the Hackitt review into building fire safety, which begun following the Grenfell tragedy.

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The slowdown of the UK housing market has resulted in an average nationwide £10,000 dip in asking prices.

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Architect Hashim Sarkis, dean of architecture and planning at MIT, will be director for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2020.

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