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I am thinking of buying a house which we have been told is LPS (large panel system) apparently steel framed and precast concrete panels, built in the 1950s I think. Does anybody know anything good or bad about these type of houses? It is in Coopersale, Essex. I don't need a mortgage but would like a house that is going to last and hopefully be saleable again at some point in the future. It is terraced, do you hear a lot of noise from your neighbours? Are there damp issues with this type of build? Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.
Hello Jude, now that I have access to the site again following the latest maintenance upgrade, I can respond in a litttle more detail.
As you are probably aware, the LPS (Large Panel System) of housebuilding was mainly used in the construction of flats and high rise blocks as it was found to be a effective way of covering large areas quickly.
The LPS system was also used by a number of companies who designed and built various named construction types such as Reema, who were the first company in the UK to build houses using the LPS system in the creation of Reema Hollow Panel House. They also built the Reema Conclad and Reema Contrad houses.
Bryant also built over 3000 large Panels houses in the 60's-70's known as the Bryant Low Rise.
As you haven't provided the name of the system that you are considering, my guess is that you may have only been advised that the property is of LPS construction and probably nothing more than that.
We would first need to try and establish exactly what the named construction type of the house is, in order to progress further.
Certain LPS properties are considered to be defective under the housing act in England & Wales and as such are unlikly to be mortgagable. These inslude the Reema Hollow Panel, The Boot Pier Panel is one example.
In general terms, LPS sysems have often recieved bad prss and they tend to not be favoured by lenders or insurers. This negative view arose from the tall high rise blocks of that that were built in the 60's using various forms of LPS. One block of flats collapsed at Ronan point, causing a dramatic shift in how this typ of property was viewed.
Now, I'm not saying all LPS systems are bad, as some clearly are fine and mortgageable by selected companies.
Could you possibly provide an image of similar houses in the street or send me the postcode of the property via e-mail to email@example.com so in order for me to dig a little deeper into exactly what named type the property is?
Here is just one example of a Bryant house as they do vary in design. The large panls are covered with a layer of brick to the externl walls.
Finally, here's a news update regarding the Ronan Point incident but remember, this only applied to large hi-rise buildings and not smaller houses but it will perhaps give you an insight as to why some lenders are not over keen on lending on LPS builds.
Saying that though, a friend of mine purchased a Bryant Low Rise house, (not to be confused with the Bryant Low Rise System 4 Variant) and they had no problems with their survey or mortgage.
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