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Furious couple trapped in ‘defective’ house deemed to be worth NOTHING That was the headline of a news article published by the Scottish Tabloid Newspaper, The Daily Record. The article outlined the plight of Lorraine [Read More]

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Share your thoughts, memories and experiences of living in a system built or BISF house. We would love to hear your views, experiences and memories of living in a BISF Home Please take a few [Read More]

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ManufacturerConstruction TypeDesignerPeriodAlternate NameNo’s BuiltCruden Homes LtdSteel Frame–1947-1950Cruden Rural3,000 Cruden House Background Information In the post-war years a group of skilled contractors joined forces to form Cruden Houses Limited. In 1946, the company submitted plans to [Read More]

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TYPE: TARRAN CLYDEBACKGROUND & DESCRIPTIONFollowing completion of the Tarran temporary bungalows, the renamed Tarran-Clyde company produced this semi-detached cottage block. Glasgow built a prototype block of 2 units at Garscube in 1947. DATE BUILT  Glasgow; [Read More]

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People in the former mining village of Oulton fear the demolition of their historic ‘Airey houses’ will lead to the loss of their entire community A community of residents and their Airey Houses in Wordsworth [Read More]

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Manufacturer Designer Years Built Alt Names Number Built Atholl Steel Houses Ltd – 1945-48 Atholl Post War 1600 Atholl Steel Framed House 1945 Variant The Atholl 1945 system was used in both England and Scotland. [Read More]

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There are a number of different Atholl builds that are in generally identified relative to the year in which each form was built. (See Below) This article briefly identifies the various named forms of Atholl [Read More]

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Most people think of the a typical British Iron & Steel Federation (BISF) house as being a semi detached property, typical of the thousands that we see across the country today. But did you know [Read More]

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Historical Document Series This British Iron & Steel Federation archive document shows the actual building cost of each individual B.I.S.F. House, located in the West Molesley area of Surrey. Special attention is drawn to the [Read More]

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Below is a transcript from the original document of our British Iron & Steel Federation Archives. The document is part of a much larger group of the original housing working committee records. Part of the [Read More]

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Part of our Historical Documents Series. The below unsigned report was submitted to the Housing Committee in 1946. The Author had previously visited the prototype housing demonstration site, located in Northolt and viewed the B.I.S.F [Read More]

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During our never ending search for B.I.S.F House related archive material, we came across a very rare photograph indeed . At first glance, the image appeared to show nothing more than men, busily at work [Read More]

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Aberdeen City Council is currently seeking tenders to carry out renovation and refurbishment work on 20 BISF properties in Aberdeen. The planned works comprise of the repair to the fabric & structure of the BISF [Read More]

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During our research we have stumbled across an excellent publication written by the very talented author Mr Ralph Cousins. This publication provides a unique insight into the history and eventual  development of the Leigh Park [Read More]

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In 1957 the Monsanto house was touted as the new home for the future. It combined large plastic panels into a futuristic radical new design, never before seen in the housing market.  Monsanto were convinced [Read More]

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This is a list of current and demolished tower blocks in the Birmingham area. EDGBASTON – 114 Towers LEE BANK (ATTWOOD GREEN) – 49 Towers (14 Towers Demolished) VICE ROY CLOSE – 14 Towers LEE [Read More]

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An External Wall Insulation Solution For Welsh BISF & Prefabricated Housing This article was first published in 2016 Wrexham County Borough Council outline their push in getting homes ready for the Welsh Housing Quality Standard [Read More]

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In the early 1980s, a fire occurred inside a Airey house which caused extensive damage. Most of the internal wall materials had been destroyed leaving the PRC structure exposed to reveal a number of worrying [Read More]

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I came across this very interesting and informative essay written by a student and submitted to the UK Essays website. The paper, titled, ‘Asbestos In Buildings: Types and Health Effects’, describes the various types of [Read More]

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The Mowlem Poured Concrete in-Situ House Build Types BungalowsTerraced2 Storey Semi Detached3 Storey Semi Detached Construction DetailsSolid cavity wall. Cast in-situ concrete form of construction, first used in 1952 but mainly in the period 1962 [Read More]

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HEEPS is the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland. This is the Scottish Governments initiative to tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in homes. HEEPS is a cluster of programmes currently including: Area Based [Read More]

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Extensive improvement work is due to be carried out to properties on the Plas Madoc Estate. This is part of Wrexham Council’s project to ensure all homes in the County Borough achieve the Welsh Government’s [Read More]

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