Category Archives: Non Traditional Constructions

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 structural defects. Serious cracking was found in the structural PRC columns caused by inadequate protection of the embedded steel reinforcements […]

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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 to 1981. Construction substitutes mass concrete for the inner blockwork walls of traditional housing. Solid wall types 225mm thick cast […]

In-situ Concrete Houses, Non Traditional Constructions 0

Dennis Wild Manufacturer: James Wild & Co (Housing) Period built: 1920s Number built: 10,000 Alternative names: Dennis, Dennis Steel Frame House, Dennis-Wild Patent Steel Frame, Composite System, James Wild, Wild,  Wild Steel Frame System. Dennis Wild Steel Framed House. Shortly after the first World War of 1914/18, a number of committees  were set up by […]

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Manufacturer: George Wimpey & Co. Ltd Period built: 1940s–1970s Number built: 300,000 Alternative names: Butterfly, Butterfly No-Fines, Formwall, Gateshead Butterfly, Gateshead No-Fines, No-Fines Wimpey, Wimpey W6M   George Wimpey and Co. developed a system of housing using no-fines concrete and traditional construction methods. The concrete without sand has unusual properties in that it can be […]

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Alcrete Precast Concrete Manufactured by : The Structural and Mechanical Development Engineers Ltd Designed by: The Bristol Aeroplane (Housing) Co. Period built: 1940s Number built: n/k Alternative names: Alcrete Mk I/ Alcrete Mk II/ Bristol Aeroplane The Alcrete House is sometimes mistakenly misidentified as a BISF House, due to external design similarities. Built as two […]

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Addison PRC Constructed House Designer: H Addison Period built: 1920 Introduction There is very limited information available regarding this particular type of property, constructed from Precast Reinforced Concrete and Timber. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) does not hold any significant information in relation to this construction type, although it is known that a number of […]

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Reema (Hollow Panel) Type PRC Houses Classified as being ‘Defective’ by the Secretary of State under Part XVI of the Housing Act 1985, unless subject to approved repair. Manufactured by Reema Ltd, it is understood that approximately 17,600 houses of this type were known to have been built between 1945 and 1966 (16,000 England, 1,600 […]

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Trusteel Mk II Also known as: Minox or Trusteel. Manufacturer: Trusteel Corporation (Universal) Ltd. Period Built: 1946–66. Number Built: 20 000. Designer: C.R.Stapleford. Trusteel Identification Characteristics: Bungalows, chalet bungalows and 2-storey detached, semi-detached and terraced houses. Medium pitch hipped or gable roof covered with plain or interlocking concrete tiles. External walls of brick, plain or […]

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Trusteel 3M Also known as: Trusteel. Manufacturer: Trusteel Corporation (Universal) Ltd. Period Built: 1966 -76. Number built: 17 000. Designers: M R Park and C R Stapleford. Identification Characteristics: Trusteel Bungalow Bungalows, 2-storey semi-detached and terraced houses.Shallow pitch gable roof or monopitch covered with interlocking concrete tiles or slates or flat roof covered with asphalt.External […]

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Lowton-Cubitt Also known as Cubitt, LC, LC System and Modulow.  Manufacturers: Cubitts Construction Systems Ltd and Lowton-Cubitt Housing Ltd.  Period Built: 1964 – 1970s. Number Built: 3700. Designer: Lowton Construction Group.   Lowton-Cubitt Identification Characteristics: 2-storey terraced houses. Medium pitch gable roof covered with interlocking concrete tiles. External walls of tile hanging, PVC shiplap boarding, […]

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Tarran Mark 4 Temporary Bungalow The walls were formed of dished precast concrete panels of storey height and 405mm wide, aggregate faced on the outside. A timber spine was fixed in the joint between the panels to which the lining and insulation were secured. The pitched roof was clad with corrugated asbestos cement sheeting. Although […]

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Manufacturer: Solid Cedar Homes Ltd Designer: Robert G Tarran (Tarran Idustries Ltd Dundee / Solid Cedar Homes Ltd ) Years built: 1938–40 Number built: 600 Built as 2-storey semi-detached houses with minor variations and having a Medium pitch hipped roof covered with plain tiles. In Dundee orders were given in 1938 for 500 solid red […]

Timber Framed Houses 0

The BL8 Bungalow is an aluminium framed system constructed between 1948 and 1950 and are semi-detached and detached units. Manufacturer: A W Hawksley Ltd – Bristol Aeroplane Co. Forms: Detached, semi-detached and terraced bungalows Built between 1948 -1950 AKA: Permanent Aluminium Bungalow, BL8D Aluminium Bungalow, Blackburn, Hawksley Aluminium Bungalow BL8 , BL8D, Permanent Aluminium Total Built Appx 55,000 Constructed almost entirely of […]

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Laing Easi-Form The Easi-Form method of building was first designed by Laing and Co in the early 1900’s which involved pouring concrete into various types of mould designs which had been set up on site, otherwise known as in-situ. The first house was successfully constructed in 1919, and a further 5000 dwellings were built during the […]

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Howard House THE HOWARD HOUSE (British) John Howard & Co. Ltd., Civil Engineering Contractors, Imperial House, Dominion St., London, E.C.2. Architect : Frederick Gibberd, F.R.I.B.A., A.M.P.T.I. The Howard house was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd who also designed the BISF House. The steel framed designed was privately promoted by John Howard & Company. The Howard […]

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The reference number listed in front of each house type, is the B.R.E (Building Research Establishment) identification reference for this property type. The B.R.E produce printed reports for some of these house types can purchase from the B.R.E website. P001 Adams H1 P002 Adams HVA3 P003 Airey P004 Alcrete P005 AMcK P006 Anglia Type A […]

Precast Concrete Houses 0

The reference number listed in front of each house type, is the B.R.E (Building Research Establishment) identification reference for this property type. The B.R.E produce sometimes produce printed reports which can be purchased direct, from the B.R.E website.M001- AGB Modular 6 M002- AIROH Temporary Bungalow M003 – Aluminium Bungalow BL8 M004 – Aluminium House M005 […]

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