Identification of a house build in Reading, Berkshire
My mother recently passed away and I've inherited her house in the Readng Area. Its a semi detached ex council house in poor repair. The problem of non-standard of construction has come up but the initial surveyor was unable to identify the exact build, other than saying it bears some similarities to Laing Flexiform. I was wondering if anyone else on the site can identify it / or any further thoughts? I've got to make a decision about what we do with the house / is it even sell able on the mortgage market but at the moment we are stuck in probate so theres time to investigate a little. So any advice or thoughts gratefully received
The details are as follows
(from the report)
The property is a three bedroom semi detached house with a number of outbuildings. The
construction is nontraditional, thought to be two skins of narrow concrete blocks with an
air gap between. Approximate year of construction is 1946-1950.
The external walls are thought to comprise of two skins of precast concrete block with a
cavity between the two. The blocks appear to be only 50 to 75mm thick. The internal face of the wall is plastered and there are many layers of wall coverings. Without further investigation it is not possible to see the entire construction but judging by the age and style it is of nontraditional build, although not one frequently encountered. There is no insulation within the cavity and the walls will not have good thermal performance. The party wall between this property and its neighbour is also of concrete block as seen in
the roof space and sound transmission is an issue.
The outer layer looks like large yellow blocks with grouting but we suspect thats some form of cladding rather than actual blocks. I've taken a look inside via the air vents and you can see the gap is quite wide.
Other than the neighbours house , there are no similar properties in the road or nearby streets. Although my parents bought the house in 1981, the neighbours house was in council hands for many years (upto 2010ish) and at not point did they come in and do substantial building work making me hopeful it was not deemed DD, plus the new neighbours were able to get a mortgage (and their survey stated it was Laing Flexiform).
I've attached a couple of pictures as a guide
Just checking to see if my response help you at all?
thanks for your response - for some reason, the reply did not appear when I checked at the time back in December but now I can see it - I'd already been told it was very unlikely to be on the DD list but your extra info is very useful - if your FOI request comes back with more details that would be gratefully received.
The response is in but unfortunately it doesn't really give us any further informatio.
Here's the reply:
Good afternoon Marc,
Thank you for your FOI request in relation to the Clarincrete house
situated in Hartland Road, RG2 8BT. This was a property in the ownership
of Reading Borough Council, however, the property was disposed of a number
of years ago. A check of our records revealed no drawings or documents
relating to the construction of the property.
Strategic Asset Manager
Housing Property Services / Directorate of Economic Growth & Neighbourhood Services.