Housing association to knock down last pre-fab 'Cornish' homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Two Rivers Housing is to demolish the last of its post-war concrete ‘Cornish’ houses.
The housing association, which is the main provider of affordable homes in the Forest of Dean, inherited the pre-fabricated properties when it took on the housing stock from the district council 10 years ago.
Since then, Two Rivers has been refurbishing or replacing the 1950s homes, which were poorly insulated and prone to structural defects.
The defects are largely attributed to the techniques used in the factory manufacture of the concrete components more than half a century ago, resulting in them suffering ‘concrete cancer’.
Two empty properties at Pylers Way in Lydney are the last to go and bulldozers have moved on site this week. When the scheme is complete, Two Rivers will have replaced 40 draughty and defective houses with 80 modern, energy-efficient homes, most of which have solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems.
“Concrete technology was still developing when these homes were built in the 1950s and, although they have lasted well, there were faults in their construction which meant they had to be replaced,” said Two Rivers’ head of maintenance, Andrew Treweek.
“We phased the replacement programme over five years and worked with tenants to find them temporary accommodation while the building work was carried out. Some tenants decided to extend the stay in their temporary home and make it permanent, but most chose to move to the brand new energy-efficient home that replaced their draughty old concrete house."
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