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British Housebuilders: History and Analysis / Edition 1

British Housebuilders: History and Analysis / Edition 1

by Fred Wellings


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This examination of the development of the private housebuilding industry from the 1930s to the present day analyses the supply side of the industry, and gives the first comprehensive account of the corporate history of the 20th century housing industry in the UK.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405149181
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Real Estate Issues Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Fred Wellings, former research partner at Credit Lyonnais Securities, is a well respected figure in the housing industry – partly through his Private Housebuilding Annual containing data on the corporate structure of the industry. For the current edition see

Table of Contents



Part 1: The Supply Side of the Housebuilding Industry.

2. Methodology, Sources and Definitions.

3. The Pre-War Housebuilder.

4. War and Building Controls.

5 The Post-War Housing Boom 1955-1973.

6. Recession and Recovery, 1973-1988.

7. Recession and Recovery Again, 1829-2000.

8. Market Share through the Century. A Summary.

Part II: The Private Housebuilder: a Rationale of Growth and Decline.

9. The Importance of the Entrepreneurial Function within the Speculative Housing Industry.

10. Who Were The Builders?.

11. The Rationale for Growth: The Economies That Accrue To Size.

12. The Decline of the Private Housebuilder: A Chronology.

13. Decline: An Overview.

14. An Alternative Explanation of Growth

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From the Publisher

'The author's encyclopaedic knowledge from researching and monitoring the industry shine through, but the book also draws on company accounts and a series of in-depth interviews with firm founders and senior directors or their relatives.' Housing Studies March 2007.

'Comprehensive in its scope and rigourous in its approach - an essential work or reference for any serious student of construction and housebuilding' - Building Research and Information

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