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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Jackie Jones (pink striped top) who used to live in the memory house with her parents takes a look around with friend Julie O'Donoghue and her daughter Bethany.

A week-long exhibition about life in a South Gloucestershire village has welcomed more than 150 people through its doors.

Housing association Merlin transformed one of its properties into a 1950s themed Memory House to mark the start of its major house-building project in the village. During the event, Recordings of villagers’ memories of Coalpit Heath played in the hallway and living room, while pictures of the village’s mining past were hung on the walls and fifties knick-knacks were scattered around the rooms.

Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed more than 150 people visit the Memory House during the week, including some of its former occupants, and local councillors. We’ve had lots of positive feedback from villagers and some people even came back for a second visit.”

The Memory House was opened to mark work starting on the first of the 84 new homes the team are building in the village over the next 24 months. As well as the Memory House, the team also invited local residents to a celebration event on the green in Ridings Road last Saturday, which included a slow worm vivarium, hedgehog stand, splat the rat and miniature house painting.

“We’re really excited to have started work on the first of these new homes, and wanted to do something different to celebrate this,” Sally added. “So we opened the Memory House and threw the event for local people, as a chance for people to have some fun and learn more about our work at the same time.”

Merlin is redeveloping 44 old properties and some garages in the village to make way for 84 new homes. The work in Coalpit Heath is the first phase of a multi-million pound project to build energy efficient new homes in South Gloucestershire over the next few years to replace some of its non-traditional properties.