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Airey Houses, Kibblesworth


A block of four Airey houses from Kibblesworth, Gateshead was deconstructed in 2012 for re-location at Beamish Museum for a planned 1950s area. The prefabricated houses are a good example of post-war urban development in the north east.[1] The prefabricated houses were designed by Sir Edwin Airey, as temporary accomodation to replace housing destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.

An Airey house is a type of prefabricated house built in Great Britain following the Second World War.

Designed by Sir Edwin Airey to the Ministry of Works Emergency Factory Made housing programme, it features a frame of prefabricated concrete columns reinforced with tubing recycled from the frames of military vehicles. A series of shiplap style concrete panels, tied back to the columns, form the external envelope.

In 1947, the Central Office of Information commissioned a propaganda film, Country Homes. The directoral debut of the later acclaimed documentary maker Paul Dickson, the film promotes the building of Airey houses in rural areas as a solution to the poor condition (due to the 1930s depression followed by wartime neglect) of much of the housing stock outside Britain's conurbations, due to the ease with which the prefabricated sections could be transported to remote locations.

Today many of the Airey houses, being over 50 years old, are in disrepair. The houses are one of a number of precast concrete systems listed in the Housing Defects Act. This meant that Government help for private owners was available in certain cases. Generally they are not accepted for mortgages unless repaired in accordance with certain prescribed methods. In the mid-2000s, one company began testing a refurbishment programme. Their programme involves replacing the concrete slabs with blocks, covered the blocks with insulation, and then facing the structure with brick. It is hoped this remodel will result in a warmer and more structurally sound house.

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The street in Kibblesworth where the Airey houses were originally built.

The street in Kibblesworth where the Airey houses were originally built.

Kibblesworth Beamish Museum 1950s
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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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1950's Airey Houses De-constructed

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Gateshead WWII houses resurrected at Beamish Museum
- BBC Tyne & Wear, 9 May 2012. "A block of houses built to re-home people after World War II is to be saved from demolition by moving to a new home ...

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