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Graduate launches floating home.

Graduate Oliver Moore could not have chosen a more apt moment to launch his design for a floating home.

Northumbria University graduate Oliver, 24, unveiled his model yesterday as the rain lashed down in Newcastle.

Design for Industry graduate Oliver came up with the idea of a floating house for his final year degree show.

Initially conceived as affordable accommodation for young people, it could also be used in areas at risk of flooding.

Oliver said: "The house is prefabricated and lightweight and could easily be assembled both at home and overseas in emergency situations.

"With all the recent floods, the focus has been on the problem of insurance, but surely we need to look at the whole concept of housing design, especially in areas at risk of flooding."

The floating house can move if its occupier changes jobs or areas, and with an estimated market value of between pounds 60,000 and pounds 70,000, it would appeal to first-time buyers.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 20, 2004
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