Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Swords into ploughshares, or ordnance into self-build

Gravenhill is a large-scale scheme enabling self-build homes on the site of what was, if I recall correctly, the former headquarters of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. There was also a REME workshop which I recall my father being called away to on courses during his service career.

The CAT magazine Clean Slate in which I first read about the project claims it as the largest-ever self-build scheme in the UK. The early self-builders of Crawley New Town may dispute that, but Gravenhill is certainly impressive.

It could be a model for the many disused industrial sites in South Wales.

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