The UK is currently in the clutches of a housing crisis built on years of undersupply that has fuelled spiralling house prices relative to incomes. As a result, buying a house has become increasingly unattainable, particularly for those on lower-incomes. There exists an absence of holistic, aspirational housing approaches which incorporate environmentally driven sustainability, cater to this expanding need, whilst also facilitating happy, healthy lifestyles that don’t cost the earth.
OPAL uses tried and tested mechanisms for building affordable and sustainable homes but innovates by combining them in unique and contextual ways to achieve a projects priorities.
OPAL project is a 20-month action research initiative part-sponsored by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
linked to incomes; not subject to Right-to-Buy
co-operative control and ownership
creating sustainable communities
integration of priorities and stakeholders