A new house could be constructed from the ground up with scaffolding and a simple wall plan to stop it falling down.
The concept, developed by architects Jules M. Hart, is one of a number of innovative solutions being developed in the UK to stop houses collapsing, including a concrete cage which is currently under construction in Birmingham.
“There’s a real sense of desperation in our society at the moment,” Mr Hart said.
“It’s a big problem, especially in the north of England.”
I wanted to make sure that we could give a building and a house a different look and a different feel, so that the people who lived in them would feel like they were part of a new home.
“That’s why I thought I’d do something about it, and I think this idea of the cage, it’s just a fantastic idea.”
Mr Hart said he had designed the cage using concrete to make the construction as simple as possible.
“The cage is a very basic form of concrete, but it’s really quite a complex form of cement, so we took that and we made it out of a mixture of cement and sand,” he said.
“It has this basic form, but we made a few things into it.”
We’ve got two sections of concrete that are joined together, with a hole in one of them and two smaller holes in the other.
“So you have this small opening in the concrete where the cage is going to go in and the cage will then sit in this area, and then we’ve got a gap in the cement, and we’ve also got a small opening that’s going to let water in.”
Mr Burton said the cage was not the only way of protecting the house from the elements, adding that it was also designed to be more energy efficient.
“One of the things we’ve been thinking about, and it’s actually something that’s come up in the design process, is that the concrete itself is going in a circle, and that’s not really the ideal way of doing things,” he explained.
“You can use the concrete to absorb some of the impact of the rain, but then it doesn’t necessarily absorb the rain itself, and so it’s not the most energy efficient way of building houses.”
Mr Miller said that, while the concept had the potential to save the lives of many, he was concerned it was only going to be used in England.
“[The project] is a great idea, but you’ve got to have a certain amount of certainty, because the project is in the planning stages and we have to look at other countries as well, because there’s so many other problems we’re having,” he told The Irish News.
“At the moment we have a lot of issues in Northern Ireland and the south of England that we’re facing, and obviously the construction industry is in a lot worse shape than we are in Ireland, so there’s a lot more work to be done.”
Mr Dyson’s latest project, called The New Home, is also designed around the concept of the Cage.
“As a building design we are trying to create a very minimal design, and one that is not a huge amount of light and a lot less than a normal house,” he added.
“And the concept is not as much about the form of the house, it is much more about how it’s going through the construction process.”
This is a new design that is designed to take into account the fact that this is an old house, that it’s been built over and over again, and there’s not a lot that you can do to fix the problems that have been created over the years.
“Mr Atkinson said that it would be important for the construction sector to recognise the importance of maintaining homes that had been built for generations.”
If you’re going to build a new house, then you’ve really got to make it work for a long period of time,” he concluded.”
In the case of the housing industry, I think that if you look at the statistics, it means that it has been a problem for a lot longer than any of us would have imagined.
“A lot of our old houses have been built by the time we’re 30 or 40 years old.
So I think we’re going in the wrong direction.”
People are not taking responsibility for what they’re building, they’re not taking control of their lives, and they’re in a position where they’re trying to get their kids into university and they want a house that’s a bit older than they are, and not a house built by a generation of people.
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