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Factory-made Housing: learning from postwar ‘prefab’ – Breakfast Talk

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NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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The failure of many of the postwar ‘prefab’ and system-built blocks has resulted in widespread negative perceptions about ‘prefabrication’ that endure today, but how are we doing things differently now?

Richard Crossman, the Labour Minister for Housing and Local Government between 1964 and 1966 advocated the role of technology to build houses, ‘factory-built housing can be just as good as production-line cars. And I think we are going to move to this. The only thing is to make sure they are done by good architects and well- landscaped, that will get over any danger of monotony; the main thing is you standardise the production.’ So what went wrong?

As part of the factory-made housing series of events, we look at the history of this type of construction and the homes that were built in order to better understand how we should approach factory methods in housebuilding now.




This event is part of NLA’s year-long Housing Programme, covering key issues such as affordable housing, public sector land, the private rented sector, off-site manufacture, the appropriate densification of housing and how we enable small developers and custom builders.

'Factory-made Housing: a solution for London?' is a major NLA research paper, exhibition and events programme.

Programme Champions: Access Self Storage, Argent Related, GL Hearn, Swan NU Living, Waugh Thistleton Architects
Programme Supporters: AECOM, American Hardwood, bptw partnership, Pocket living, Pollard Thomas Edwards, WICONA

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NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

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