Waiting for the One Enterprise Website

For the past seven years I’ve been on the road all around the UK with One Enterprise Ltd – my social housing consultancy. Just last week took me to Mile End (East London), Ampthill (Central Bedfordshire) and then onto sunny Elgin (Moray, Scotland). In all that time I have extensively relied on social media, such as LinkedIn and Twitter to promote the wares of the company and maintain contact with an ever growing UK housing network.

Taking on associates and partners to help expand the business in recent times, has finally meant having (or being encouraged) to invest in a website and finally build the One Enterprise Website.

People say “choice” is a good thing. The journey to finding a suitable web design company was compounded by the sheer volume of choice out there – catering for every audience and price tag to boot.

In the end deciding to select eWorx http://www.e-worx.co.uk/ as the right web design team came down to three main factors:

  • Offer of flexibility (meetings took place on FaceTime and in person in our office, favourite coffee shops and eWorx’s offices in Shoreditch;
  • Collaborative working, whereby the technical bods were happy to share learning with luddites (I now understand basic HTLM, indexing – long tail key words, meta tags, search engine optimisation and the need for “ever-green content!); and
  • Afixed price contract and a fixed eight week delivery date (the project came in on time and within budget!).

 However, the real value of developing the One Enterprise Ltd website has been to focus the business on:

  • The enormous about of tools, expertise and products that have been developed over a seven year period, many of which often remain under utilised;
  • The need to be more collaborative with clients, associates and partners to promote best practice;
  • The need to maximise promotion of the brand and ethos of the company; and
  • Having the confidence to really stand up and shout out “we have arrived!”

We welcome all your comments, reviews and suggestions for improving the One Enterprise Ltd website.

The Worlds First 3D Printed Home

It’s been almost 25 years since I visited the Netherlands as part of a social housing tour linked to my CIH qualification. I was struck by the dynamism of the Dutch model of integrating housing with health and care services and the wider general community. It offered an alternate model of social housing with minimal social stigma.

Whilst our Dutch peers are no ultimate panacea for delivering more social housing, it does today offer a glimpse into the future of housing building. “Dus Architects” http://www.dusarchitects.com are working on “The 3D Print Canal House”, which will be the worlds first 3D printed home.

Using a large moveable 3D printer called “Kamer Maker”, the building project addresses the key question of how digital production techniques can offer affordable housing solutions around the world. The Canal House is being printed with bio-plastic raw material. The techniques are still being modified and tested, with the Canal House due to be completed in three years time.

Whilst today’s house building is costly, wasteful and inefficient, the next 25 years may well see a real revolution in house building with bespoke, zero defect and low cost homes.

The skill set for your next generation of development teams may well be wholly different too – if they are not to be replaced by an “App”!

You can now visit the expo site in the heart of Amsterdam for a 2.50 Euro fee by contacting info@3dprintcanalhouse.com

Image above – Obama visits Dus Architects to see “The 3D Print Canal House” Expo.

It’s amazing how quickly the world is changing and how China is fast moving into the innovation sector. As I wrote my first blog on The 3D Print Canal House Expo, it came to my attention that a Chinese private company “WinSun” has just printed ten full size houses using a huge 3D printer in apparently just one day!


Whilst the current houses are one-storey structures, WinSun hopes its technology will eventually be used to make skyscrapers!