IF NOAH had built himself a house instead of an ark, it might have looked a bit like this.
The property is designed to be raised 5ft above ground in minutes by motorised jacks to beat flooding.
It won’t be lived in but engineers will test the system for four years.
Developer Larkfleet Homes hopes that if the pioneering project proves successful, thousands of similar homes could be built on flood-prone land.
‘We think we can make a contribution to solving the housing crisis by offering a way for development to take place in areas where there is a risk of flooding,’ said boss Karl Hicks.
‘There are a lot of potential sites if local authorities and the Environment Agency permit work to be done on them, we could open them up and build many more houses.’
Larkfleet has planning consent to build the three-bed house on paddock land in Weston Hills, near Spalding, Lincolnshire. Weighing 65 tons, it will sit on a steel ring rather than conventional foundations and will be lifted up and down by eight jacks.
Electricity will be provided by solar panels on the roof and a battery, so the supply can continue when the house is raised. Water and sewage pipes will stay connected through flexible hoses.
Larkfleet said the one-off experiment will be ‘very expensive’ but if the idea takes off the build costs for such homes would be the same as other properties.
Residents would leave before the buildings are raised and would return once the flood was over.
Such homes could help ease the housing crisis as developers would be attracted by the relatively cheap value of floodplain land.
They would also save millions in insurance payouts and premiums.