Non-traditional housing redevelopment project

A PRC property being knocked down

We’re redeveloping some of our non-traditional  properties to provide modern, energy-efficient homes, fit for the 21st Century.

The properties, which are also known as pre-cast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes, are spread all across South Gloucestershire. The first site to be redeveloped was in Coalpit Heath and the 39 new homes were completed in 2016.

We've now started work to redevelop 44 properties and a rank of garages at several sites in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton and replacing them with 72, modern, energy efficient homes. Work is due to be completed in phases during 2018.

We've also applied for permission to redevelop ten properties in Little Stoke and replace them with 15 new homes.

Scroll down to see all of our project updates and watch a video of the transformation of homes in the first phase of the project below.

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Members of the non-traditional housing redevelopment team in the Memory House

A rural housing development is remembering the past with the opening of a 1950s themed Memory House.

Housing association Merlin is building 84 new homes in Coalpit Heath to replace 44 old properties and a rank of garages. The old properties were built in the 1940s and 50s but were suffering from a number of issues including damp and draughts. The first 18 properties have now been demolished and work to build the first 39 new homes has got underway. To mark the start of the building work the housing association is inviting local residents to take a step back into the past.

Merlin has transformed one of the properties due to be redeveloped into a Memory House, for a week-long exhibition looking back on life in the village. The house has been decorated to look how it might have done in the 1950s and features interviews with villagers about their memories of life in Coalpit Heath and photos from the last 100 years.

The Memory House is open every weekday from 8 – 14 July, and also on Saturday 11 July from 11am – 2pm, when Merlin is throwing a celebration event in Ridings Road, featuring children’s activities, hedgehogs and slow worms, splat the rat game and a house painting competition.

Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “Over the next few years we’re going to be building hundreds of new homes across South Gloucestershire in our project to redevelop our non-traditional homes.

“We’re really excited to have started work on the first of these new homes, so decided to throw this event for local people. It’s a chance for people to have some fun and learn more about our work at the same time.

“We’ll also have a 3D model of what the development will look like when it’s finished next year. And we’ll be inviting people to give their suggestions about what we should do with the green space at Willow Way once all the work has been finished.”

The Memory House at 35 Ridings Road, Coalpit Heath is open weekdays from 8 – 14 July from 10am – 6pm and on Saturday 11 July from 11am – 2pm. The new homes are due to be completed in summer 2016.