Last post-war prefab homes in Bristol are replaced

  • 1 September 2014
  • From the section Bristol
Pre-fabricated housing
Image caption Prefabs were seen as a solution to Britain's housing shortage after World War II

A 10-year project to replace hundreds of 1940s prefabricated homes at 15 sites in Bristol has been completed.

Constructed after World War II, the bungalows were built with a 10-year life expectancy from a kit of concrete panels and ready-made fittings.

Bristol City Council said due to their "non-traditional construction methods" the 330 prefabs had been "deemed unfit to live in and maintain effectively".

They have been replaced by 311 new council homes as part of a £35m scheme.

To solve the post-war housing crisis, up to 2,700 prefabs were built across the city.

By 2003, just 330 were left at Whitchurch, Shirehampton, Brislington, Horfield, St George, Aston Vale and Stoke Bishop.

In 2004, the city council made the decision to demolish all the remaining prefabs and replace them with new council bungalows, houses and flats.

Councillor Gus Hoyt, assistant mayor for neighbourhoods, said it had been an "important and challenging project".

"Bristol is a growing and thriving city and it is crucial we continue to provide sustainable housing which is suitable for our residents," he said.

"We're delighted this project has achieved that goal whilst also improving the standard of living for those who were still living there."

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