Can’t afford to buy your own home? Social workers and other key
public sector staff won’t have that problem in future years if a
consortium’s plans for affordable housing take off.
The Urban Settings consortium is developing a prototype of
“high-quality” metal freight containers that can be converted into
homes. They can be stacked up to 16 storeys high and situated on
almost any vacant land. It estimates that a single, fully fitted
and heated 300sq ft container will cost £28,000, with a double
costing £40,000. It says they could be rented out to public
sector staff on low wages for between £70 and £110 a
The organisation says the containers could be made on existing
production lines in China or Malaysia.