While there is a lot of hype about modular buildings around at the moment the real utility is found in thinking about pre-fabrication in more general terms. New technology such as SIP panels allow for extremely fast construction and have the potential to revolutionise the construction sector entirely.
One of the causes of the current housing crisis is cultural with councils and local residents alike, tending to oppose new developments on instinct. To solve the problem Grant suggests that more partnerships are needed between local authorities and developers but more importantly, we should learn to look for the positives in developing our local areas.
With Brexit looming, the future of the construction sector is uncertain. One thing, however, is clear. Planning applications need to be processed much faster. With 50% of the UK economy dependent on construction the unnecessary delays caused by planning departments to large projects are significantly slowing the wider economy down.
When you are looking to grow your property business, ignoring social media is a big mistake. Facebook, especially, is a great way to network and connect with other property professionals who can help you to realise your business goals and objectives. Today, Grant Erskine talks about his mistakes and about why he wishes he’d discovered the power of social media sooner.
Looking back to his most successful development project Grant Erskine gives his advice on making the most out of the space you have in a property. Today, he talks about mezzanines and sleeping lofts as a way of utilizing the vertical space of a room while still maintaining the defined sleeping and living areas that are prefered by tenants.
Today Grant Erskine talks to Amy about his biggest property development success. The take-home message is this, that it is very difficult to profit from property development with bricks and mortar alone. Profit comes from increasing the commercial value of the property and adding to its capacity to generate an income.
Today, Grant Erskine talks about how what it takes to future proof yourself in architecture by keeping your projects diverse and always being willing to learn. As Grant says, ‘If somebody asks you to do something you don’t know how to do, you say yes and then you learn how to do it’ and although ‘it makes my staff uncomfortable, I deliberately force them to do jobs that they haven’t done before’.
In the first on this series on architecture, Grant Erskine talks about how he came to architecture, the projects he worked on with BDP (Building Design Partnerships) and about how the recession led him to set up his own company, Grant Erskine Architects.