As Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and valuers we have carried out Building Surveys (formerly known as a Structural Survey) and RICS Homebuyer Surveys (commonly referred to as a Homebuyer Report) in Rugby, Warwickshire.
The housing stock
The housing stock is made up of a full range of housing from the Victorian period to present day. In the 1890s there was significant growth in heavy engineering and Rugby became a major industrial centre. This led to significant growth in Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses to house the many workers. These are generally located close to the Town Centre and close to the railway.
A further boom in house building occurred in the inter-war period, that is, between 1918 and 1939 when a high number of the typical 1930s style semi-detached house were built. Many examples of these houses can be seen along the Hillmorton Road and roads running off the Hillmorton Road.
The next period of house building started after the second world war in 1945 and a large proportion of this was the 1950s council house. Usually a robust conventionally built 3 bedroom house which is now popular amongst private buyers for its generous sized rooms and good sized plots.
Rugby does have some system built houses. System built houses were intended to quickly satisfy the shortage of housing immediately after the Second World War which ended in 1945. Consequently, system build houses were introduced firstly, for speed of erection, they were prefabricated and erected quickly on site and secondly because of the shortage of traditional building materials. One example are the BISF (British Iron and Steel Federation) houses on Wentworth Road. BISF housing – the right hand side house is as it would be originally and the left had side has been upgraded/remodeled.
Private house builders were also active after the war and the 1950s/1960s saw many estates comprising mostly semi-detached houses. These were generally of a good standard.
Rugby also has its typical 1970s and 1980s estate housing and leading up to the 2007 recession and decline in the housing market there was much new house building taking place in areas such as Cawston Grange and Brownsover.
Generally, most houses in Rugby are conventionally built of masonry construction. There are some non-traditionally built houses such as steel framed houses, known as system built houses, which were used for speed of erection and lack of conventional materials just after the last war. These generally look different to conventionally built houses. There are also a small number of modern timber framed houses which are brick clad. It is difficult to tell these apart from a conventionally built house.
Homesurv Ltd’s coverage Rugby Warwickshire
Our knowledge of Rugby and area has developed over 20 years since our Director Russell Francis started carrying out house valuations, Homebuyer Surveys and Building Surveys in the area for major lenders and private clients in 1991.
CV21 – Hillmorton, Newbold, Brownsover
CV22 – Bilton, Cawston, Dunchurch