IF DEPUTY Prime Minister John Prescott is serious about providing first-time buyers with homes for £60,000 he could do worse than looking at a plastic house system developed in The Netherlands.
Specialist manufacturer Holland Composites has a mass production housing unit built using fibreglass.
Originally intended as a solution for student accommodation shortages in Holland, the Space Box system could help solve the problem of affordable homes for first-time buyers.
Londoners pay more than £200,000 to get on the property ladder, and countrywide the average purchase price of a first home now stands at more than £140,000.
But the plastic composite structure could help slash those costs.
Wall and roof panels for the 22 sq m units are manufactured using an 88 mmthick sandwich construction of interior finishing layer, fire-resistant panel, PIR foam insulation and an outer polyester glass fibre laminate.
The floor cartridge is built using the same panels, with extra wooden beams to support loads of up to 175 kg/sq m.
The units are craned into position, placed on simple concrete foundations with service connections already installed, and can be stacked three high.
According to Holland Composites founder Pieterjan Dwarshuis, the company has the capacity to produce four Space Boxes a day in a variety of colours.