By Fred Wellings
British Housebuilders is the 1st accomplished account of the company background of the twentieth-century speculative housebuilding - the corporations that `supplied` these homes and the marketers who created these firms.
The transition from the neighborhood housebuilders of the Nineteen Thirties, in the course of the neighborhood diversification of the Nineteen Sixties, to the nationwide housebuilders of at the present time is charted through a chain of league tables.
The cause for the expansion in nationwide corporations is analysed. the traditional rationalization of economies of scale is rejected: in its place, the inventory industry is located to play a key position either in facilitating acquisitions and in difficult development from its constituent companies.
The supply-side research additionally addresses the common company mess ups: succession matters, loss of concentration and the 1974 and 1990 recessions have performed their half in equivalent measure.
British Housebuilders offers the 1st chance to check the facts drawn from a century of speculative housebuilding; it is just with this historic point of view that sound decisions may be made at the company position in housebuilding.Content:
Chapter 1 advent (pages 1–31):
Chapter 2 The Pre?war Housebuilders (pages 34–54):
Chapter three struggle and construction Controls (pages 55–61):
Chapter four The Post?war Housing increase 1955–1973 (pages 66–80):
Chapter five Recession and restoration, 1973–1988 (pages 82–91):
Chapter 6 Recession and restoration back, 1989–2004 (pages 93–104):
Chapter 7 industry percentage in the course of the Century: A precis (pages 105–111):
Chapter eight Who have been the developers? (pages 113–131):
Chapter nine the explanation for progress: The Economies that Accrue to dimension (pages 136–167):
Chapter 10 The Decline of the non-public Housebuilder: A Chronology (pages 195–243):
Chapter eleven Decline: an summary (pages 195–243):
Chapter 12 another clarification of progress (pages 249–259):
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154. 1 BHC02 10/5/06 3:10 PM Page 36 36 The Supply Side a Hammersmith road surfacing firm before it was bought by Godfrey Mitchell in 1919 and it was the late 1920s before Wimpey began speculative housing. The reality is that the creation of a nation of owner-occupiers served by national housebuilders did not have its roots in the nineteenth century, nor even the opening decades of the twentieth. Its origins lay in the inter-war period, in particular the owner-occupation boom of the 1930s. 7 The 1923 Act provided cash subsidies to promote the construction of small working-class houses, although the reality was that it subsidised the sale of houses to the middle classes: between 1924 and 1929 some 363,000 private houses were built under the provisions of the Act, but reductions in the subsidies meant that the private output of subsidised housing all but ceased by 1930.
79. Interview with Albert Mucklow, Dec. 2001. BHC02 10/5/06 3:10 PM Page 45 The Pre-war Housebuilders 45 in relation to each other and to the industry as a whole, and can reliably be used to indicate broad trends. 2. It may be that future research will identify other companies that could have been listed among the top ten or fifteen. However, I would be surprised if there were any building above 1000 a year that have not been identified; housebuilders do not reach that size, particularly when they are confined to one region, without leaving some record of their significance in the trade press if nowhere else.
That population growth was not evenly distributed. Internal migration from the depressed north to the south-east of England had a marked impact on the distribution of new housing demand and ultimately the location of the larger housebuilders. 10 The London housebuilders benefited not only from national migration patterns but also from movement within the region as 8 Figures for unsubsidised housing were not collected prior to 1923 and, although approximations are available, the graph starts in 1923.
British Housebuilders: History & Analysis by Fred Wellings