“No fines” homes look very fine indeed

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, Posts.

A scheme to improve the thermal insulation of 60 bungalows in Whickham has just been completed.

The bungalows, on the Rectory Glebe Estate, have all been wrapped in external wall insulation and have had new roof coverings fitted and loft insulation installed, helping to keep the heat in and the cold out.

The bungalows were built in 1967 using a construction method known as ‘no fines’, a system developed by George Wimpey house builders between World War I and World War II as an alternative to traditional brick-built housing.

The term ‘no fines’ refers to the type of concrete used, which contains no fine materials such as sand and small stones. The concrete was poured on the premises, creating a material with an abundance of air pockets that provide insulation against cold and damp.

Customers are delighted with the improvements to their home.

Resident Michael Carney said: “I think I speak for a lot of the residents when I say a big thank you to every single person that has made this site in Whickham look absolutely amazing.”

Photo: Resident Liaison Officer Val Winnett and Clerk of Works Stephen Todd (both in high-vis)
and Site Manager Kenny Pope (in black fleece) with residents of Rectory Glebe Estate.