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Birmingham's Phoenix homes saved by Grade II listing

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Sixteen prefabricated bungalows in the same road have been listed to save them from builders.

The Phoenix-type homes, which were built in Birmingham by the council in 1946, were listed Grade II. English Heritage asked the government to act after the council's housing department threatened to remove chimneys and re-roof them.

More than 150,000 temporary homes were built between 1944 and 1948 in a government-funded drive to ease housing shortages. Only 2500 Phoenix homes, assembled from kits using concrete frames and metal salvaged from fighter planes, were built. 'This type of building is quite rare and these are the only ones in Birmingham,' said Christopher Hargreaves, head of the council's conservation department. 'There are some repairs needed, but our housing department will have to take a more selective approach to their refurbishment and be sensitive.'

The single-storey houses have two bedrooms and fitted kitchens. They were built on concrete foundations but the kitchen and wc came as ready- made units. All but one of the homes are still owned by the council.

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