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Jarvis Square, prefabricated housing

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Robin Hood
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Leeds Library & Information Services
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LEO 1321
Jarvis Square, prefabricated housing
September 2006. These prefabricated single storey homes in Jarvis Square are a few of the 69 that were erected at the end of the Second World War on the Robin Hood Estate. They were designed with a lifespan of 10 years to help cope with the housing crisis after the war. Prefabricated factory made homes had decent facilities such as indoor toilets/bathrooms and almost always a garden. Young married people were often given priority and moved into the new estates. They shared many interests and experiences, so a strong sense of community grew up. As they went on to have families, children had playmates of similar ages. 60 years later the prefabs seen here were still providing comfortable homes, but the Government found that refurbishment would not be cost effective. It was decided to replace them with new homes of a higher standard in line with the new Decent Homes Standard to be implemented by 2010. This met with some opposition from residents who were very attached to their homes and had spent money on modernising them over the years. The summer of this year, 2006, saw the last of the residents leave and the final prefab demolished.

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