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Housing is 'stuck in the Roman era'

STANHOPE boss Sir Stuart Lipton has attacked the house building industry for 'not changing much since Roman times'.

The developer believes costs can be cut by a quarter on house building jobs by changing the role of traditional builders.

Stanhope has a joint venture with Chelsfield to build 4,500 homes at Stratford City in east London.

Sir Stuart said: 'Imagine you are a Roman, you lived in a house made of brick and stone, it had a tiled roof and underground heating.

'Now scroll forward to the 21st century where you live in a house made of brick or stone with a tiled roof and underground heating.'

He said that house builders had been slow to adopt modern methods such as bulk purchasing of materials, threedimensional modelling and streamlined logistics handling.