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Jarvis Square, demolition of prefabricated housing

Jarvis Square, demolition of prefabricated housing
September 2006. View of prefabricated housing in Jarvis Square on the Robin Hood Estate, about to be demolished after approx. 60 years in existance. These post war homes were erected as part of the Temporary Housing Programme implemented by the Government to cope with the housing crisis at the time. Although as expensive as conventional houses they could be erected very quickly in large numbers to supply the demand, and also did not require as many skilled workers to construct as skilled labour was in short supply in 1945. Prefabricated homes, such as the ones seen here, were the basis of many strong communities throughout the country. So it was with sadness that the last of these houses on the Robin Hood Estate were demolished this year, 2006. They are to be replaced by red brick bungalows.

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