A History of Council Housing in Wolverhampton

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The 1960s - Tower blocks

SO8896 : Highfield Court by John M Merry Hill SO9196 : Time is running out for Phoenix Rise by John M Blakenhall
SO9299 : Council Housing - Heath Town Flats by John M SO9299 : Council Housing - Brockfield House by John M SO9299 : Council Housing - Inkerman Street by John M Heath Town
SO9098 : Council Housing - Connaught House by John M Vauxhall SO9199 : Council Housing - Lane Court by John M Boscobel SJ9003 : Council Housing - Patshull Court by John M Chetton Green
SO9098 : Refurbished Russell Court by John M Russell StreetSJ9400 : Tower Blocks, Wednesfield by John M Wednesfield SJ9400 : Council Housing - Lathe Court by John M Lakeview, Wednesfield
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Council Housing in Wolverhampton - 1960s by John M
Central Government subsidies ensured that the 1960s became the decade of the high rise flat. Demand for one bed properties had grown through the 1950s and led to a decision to pursue a policy of building flats within the borough.

Major flat building projects were undertaken at Merry Hill(1967), Blakenhall and Heath Town. Smaller scale developments took place at Russell Street, Whitmore Reans, Vauxhall(1963), Boscobel and Chetton Green(1964)Estates. The Vauxhall, Boscobel and Chetton Green Estates received Civic Trust Awards.

In the neighbouring UDC in Wednesfield three nine storey blocks were built on the Lakeview Estate in 1962 and three twenty storey blocks were constructed between 1964 and 1970. Similar developments took place in Bilston prior to 1966.

The flat building programme was relatively short lived and was dealt a blow by the Ronan Point Explosion in 1968.

Council reorganisation in 1966 saw the neighbouring UDCs of Wednesfield, Bilston and Tettenhall incorporated into the Borough.

SO9196 : Time is running out for Phoenix Rise by John M


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