In a constantly evolving world that is becoming more and more technology and innovation driven, we, as a sustainable company, have a responsibility to look at the future trends and advances in our industry so that we can future-proof our Company. That’s exactly what ‘Project 2020’ is all about. Set up by our Chief Executive Pete Redfern and led by DMD John Gainham, Project 2020 aims to explore and evaluate trends, changes and new innovations in design, architecture, technology, materials and build methodology. We will then be able to shape and design Taylor Wimpey’s product range for 2020 and beyond, fully reflecting the ever-evolving customer lifestyles and expectations.
Doing our homework
Project 2020, with its team of 12 volunteers, kicked off in March 2015. It has been focussing on research, looking at our future customer demographics, sustainability of raw materials, alternative build methodology, new build materials and their evolution, ‘Smart Home’ technology and customer expectations. The UK is now starting to see more ‘Smart Home’ technology, particularly around energy efficiency. As part of the Project, our selected BUs are currently trialling a number of ‘Smart’ heating systems such as “NEST”, “HIVE” and “EVO HOME”.
Making our mark
Making research and development an integral part of Taylor Wimpey is a key objective of Project 2020. A number of alternative build methodologies have been tested, like thin joint masonry, structural insulated panels, closed panel timber frame, steel frame and twin wall concrete. The trials focussed on safety, practicality, cost, waste, build speed, energy efficiency, labour resources and future-proofing potential.
Bringing big ideas to life
Another key part of Project 2020 is its external competition to design prototypes of the 2020 house type range to meet the needs, requirements and lifestyles of our future customers. The winning entries need to be, innovative, pragmatic, cost effective, land effective and capable of high-quality mass production.
Today and beyond
2016 was an exciting year for Project 2020, with the team making good progress towards their research objectives and ‘informing’ the design competition.
The competition was launched in conjunction with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in April 2016 and received 120 quality entries from 14 countries, which the judging panel spent two days reviewing. The final six entries are being judged in December 2016 and the winner will be announced in January 2017. Leave your feedback here.
Ultimately, we are searching for designs that are distinctive, aspirational and which appeal to our future customers. Practicality remains crucial, and we continue to evaluate alternative build methodology in the hope of developing a build process that gives us greater efficiency and greater quality.