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Could pop-up homes be the answer to London's housing crisis?

Isabelle Aron

From bunny spas to Creme Egg cafés, London has pretty much seen it all in the way of pop-ups. But could London's apparently insatiable appetite for all things temporary extend to something actually, er, useful? The Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives reckon they've come up with the solution to all our housing woes, with a proposal for pop-up houses. Yep, really.

Pop-up houses, or 'modular homes', are built in factories and assembled on-site, which means they take a third of the time to build and can cost half as much to make. And unlike London's usual blink-and-you'll-miss-'em approach to pop-ups, these houses will last around 60 years. Think of it like flatpack furniture you can live in. Although let's hope they'll bring in professionals to build it, because if we can't manage to put a Billy bookcase together, we've got no chance of constructing a house.

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