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British Housebuilders: History & Analysis by Fred Wellings

By Fred Wellings

British Housebuilders is the 1st finished account of the company heritage of the twentieth-century speculative housebuilding - the companies that `supplied` these homes and the marketers who created these firms.

The transition from the neighborhood housebuilders of the Thirties, in the course of the neighborhood diversification of the Nineteen Sixties, to the nationwide housebuilders of this present day is charted through a sequence of league tables.

The reason 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 function either in facilitating acquisitions and in not easy progress from its constituent companies.

The supply-side research additionally addresses the widespread company disasters: 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's only with this historic point of view that sound decisions might be made at the company function in housebuilding.Content:
Chapter 1 creation (pages 1–31):
Chapter 2 The Pre?war Housebuilders (pages 34–54):
Chapter three battle and development Controls (pages 55–61):
Chapter four The Post?war Housing growth 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 marketplace proportion throughout the Century: A precis (pages 105–111):
Chapter eight Who have been the developers? (pages 113–131):
Chapter nine the reason for development: 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 an alternate rationalization of development (pages 249–259):

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Telephone interviews required a more flexible technique, particularly when the return call came some weeks after the initial approach. Most of the formal interviews were tape recorded, as were some of the telephone calls; permission was rarely refused although from time to time one sensed that it would be wise to press the off switch. The validation of the interview content is a well recognised problem. ’21 Possessing a chronology of the individual company helped to provide a framework and factual inconsistencies could often be explored during the interview or checked later by both parties.

4 m. 5 m. households being created in the period 1931–1939. 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.

21 For the speculative housebuilding firm itself, there was no financial difference between selling a house to an owner-occupier or to a private landlord, albeit a new source of demand had been created and needed to be served. C. 22 In addition to the private investors, there were also some housebuilders that chose to retain a part of their output to let out themselves, either corporately or as individuals. The archival records are not sufficient to make broadbrush generalisations about how widespread this practice was although the fact that no references were found in, for instance, the Laing or Wimpey archives suggests that it was not universal.

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