Prefab homes met pressing need

WHILE the bullets were still flying in Europe, Glasgow was already planning on how to house its returning heroes.

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Despite Lloyd George's promise after the First World War of 'homes fit for heroes', 25 years later far too many Glaswegians were still living in crumbling and damp Georgian and Victorian tenements. And with large swathes of the existing housing stock destroyed by German bombing, particularly in Clydebank, a quick and easy solution had to be found to house people.

The answer was 'prefabs', prefabricated homes which could be erected in a matter of days rather than months.

This demonstration 'Portal' prefab was erected in the city's Kelvingrove Park in September 1944 for prospective tenants to inspect.


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