A collection of 4 black and white images of complete prefabricated “Universal Houses” in Croydon, London. It has not been possible to precisely locate where these houses were built. The Universal House (in both bungalow and two-story form) was produced by the Rickmansworth based construction company Universal Housing Co Ltd. Around 2,000 of the properties were built in the UK. The Temporary Housing Act of 1944/5 was intended to alleviate the acute housing shortages of the immediate postwar years. The Ministry of Works was the government department tasked with the organisation and efficiency of the push for housing construction. A number of individual designs and constructions methods for housing were built during the 1940s, of which the Universal method was one. The bungalows were intended to be temporary, although many outlived their original 10 year lifespan. The prefabricated construction method involved precast concrete panels joined onto a steel frame. As of 2019, a bungalow Universal House has been preserved and is on display at Chiltern Open Air Museum.
The original Ministry of Works storage envelope lists the division as "D.D.T.H" and the operator as “F”.
1 of the 4 images were catalogued and digitised as part of a 2020 project.
This Volume contains the following materials:
Source: Historic England Archive
Cement, Steel, Mid 20th Century Prefabricated House, Mid 20th Century Bungalow