During a housing shortage in England after World War II, planners turned to prefab to help with the rapidly expanding populace. The Excalibur estates in the town of Catford (located in the borough of Lewisham in greater London) were built to shelter new families temporarily and were only expected to last for 10 years. Now, 60 years later, those houses are still inhabited.
The 185 prefabricated houses are scheduled to be torn down by the Lewisham Council, which owns 80 percent of the houses. According to a spokesperson for the council who was interviewed for the BBC, "These buildings were originally constructed for a temporary life — 10 years or so — and have been standing for over 60 . . . The estate is one of the few areas where refurbishment is unaffordable and achieving modern standards of decent homes is only possible through replacing existing homes with a new build programme."
To see if there's hope for these homes,
Understandably, residents are very attached to their homes, and many people have lived in these homes for decades. There is some hope for those who love their prefab homes, as the Department for Culture, Media, and Sports may list them as historical houses, which would prevent their demolition. While I can understand the need to upgrade the homes, and the insurmountable expense in doing so, I can also see how the residents wouldn't want to leave, even when offered alternate housing. A house becomes a home, and it's hard to see that taken away.
What would you do if it were your home?