Partner Les Brown is leading an in-house research exercise for the practice, examining the possibilities for a new era of housing design. Naturally the houses will be sustainable, in Scottish terms that is, using Scottish building products to the maximum. They must be affordable. And they will make maximum use of off-site construction for speed and quality. Les says that he hopes to come up with the modern equivalent of the ‘Swedish timber houses’ that were imported to help solve the housing crisis after WW2, and are still among the most popular houses 60 years later – the example shown here, in Balornock, is just a stone’s throw from our new houses for GHA in Barmulloch. The inset photo of a pair of semis dates back to the early 1950s, shortly after construction.