Pre-cast Reinforced Concrete (Repair Scheme)

New certification scheme for the repair of Pre-cast Reinforced Concrete (PRC) Homes

Many PRC homes were built following the Second World War when there was an urgent need for housing at a time when traditional building materials and skilled labour were in short supply. This led to the construction of cheap ‘Non Traditional’ and easily erected properties. These houses were only ever meant to be a short-term solution.

Tens of thousands of PRC properties still remain and structural repairs are needed because of the effect of concrete carbonation. Additionally, mortgage lenders show a reluctance to continue to lend on these properties, or to offer home insurance, leaving owners and tenants wishing to buy with few options.

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For more information or to make an application

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Watford, UK
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The BRE Global scheme will enable all necessary repairs to be made according to a robust specification relevant to each property, meaning that repairs should only be carried out for essential items and should not be prohibitively expensive.

Approved repairs should improve the energy performance of the building, extend the normal life of the property, and improve the saleability of the property.

Bad repairs can be unsafe and threaten the ability of the home owner to secure a mortgage on the property or insure it a reasonable price, if at all.

The scheme

The new certification scheme has 3 key elements:

  • Register of repair Specifications (Specifications to be reviewed by BRE)
  • Register of Practitioners (who will be certified as a competent person)
  • Register of repaired properties (which will be used by third parties, e.g. by mortgage lenders, to assure themselves of a robust repair)

The scheme will provide:

  • Qualified practitioners (who design and undertake the repair of the PRC home for the homeowners)
  • Confidence to third parties, e.g. mortgage lenders, that the repair has been undertaken properly to an agreed and robust specification

The scheme will not preclude the inclusion of Green Deal measures and/or of BREEAM refurbishment assessments.

Individual mortgage lenders have stated their support of the scheme. The scheme will provide mortgage lenders and home insurers with confidence that the repair has been undertaken satisfactorily and will provide reassurance to lend the money, enabling the home owner to purchase and insure the house.

For more information Download the Guidance Document.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a PRC certificate dated before July 2016 – can BRE Global help me with it?

No – the BRE Global scheme issued its first certificate in July 2016.  Any repair certificates from before this date will not be from the BRE Global Scheme and BRE Global will not be able to respond to any queries regarding such repairs or certificates.

A significant number of repairs were undertaken within the PRC Homes Scheme operated by PRC Homes Ltd who were themselves a subsidiary of the NHBC.  The NHBC may be able to help you better understand the nature of the changes/repairs made to your property.   Please see the NHBC Homeowner’s website at http://www.nhbc.co.uk/Homeowners/ for contact details regarding any enquiry of this nature.

I am interested in making repairs to a PRC house but I do not know what type it is – what do I do?

The most important first step is to identify what type of house it is.  There were nearly 200 different types of PRC house types built in the UK and they all have differing types of structure requiring differing repair solutions.

If you are unsure what type of PRC house it is that you are interested in then you may be able to identify the type by:

  • Carefully checking any paperwork associated with
    • the original construction of the dwelling, or
    • any earlier structural repairs on the dwelling
  • Using a Building Surveyor who with a capability concerning PRC houses.
  • Contacting the Local Authority.   
  • Speaking to neighbours with similar dwellings.

What PRC house types does the BRE Global scheme cover?

Currently the BRE Global Scheme has registered Repair Specifications for the following PRC house types:

  • Airey
  • Reema
  • Wates

The BRE Global Scheme doesn’t currently cover other PRC house types.

If your house type is not one of these and you continue to be interested in having certified repairs undertaken then BRE would recommend contacting one of the Registered Practitioners within the Scheme and explore whether they will develop a Repair Specification for the house type in which you are interested.  Once a Repair Specification is developed and approved then a Registered Practitioner would be able to undertake appropriate repairs and provide a repair certificate from the BRE Global Scheme.

How do I progress with an enquiry for a PRC home repair through the BRE Global PRC Homes Repair Scheme?

BRE Global is the operator of the PRC Homes Repair Scheme.  Within the Scheme BRE Global has established a Register of Practitioners.  It is only these Registered Practitioners who survey, cost and undertake repairs on PRC homes using the BRE Global approved Repair Specifications (see FAQ No. 3) within the BRE Global Scheme.  These repairs can then be certified through the Scheme.

BRE Global itself does not undertake the surveying, costing or repairs within the Scheme and all enquiries should be directed towards these Practitioners.

Contact details for the Registered Practitioners can be found on the listings pages.

If your repair enquiry is for a house type outside of those listed in FAQ No. 3 then please follow the suggestion in the final paragraph of FAQ No. 3.

I have a general query regarding a PRC house – Should I contact the BRE Global Scheme?

The scope of the BRE Global PRC Repair Scheme is strictly limited to the Certification of new repairs by Registered Practitioners (see FAQ No. 4) on specific types of PRC houses (see FAQ No. 3).  The scope of the BRE Global Scheme does not include answering general questions on the nature of PRC home construction and the implications of this construction type.

If you have this type of generic question these should be addressed to a Building Surveyor or qualified Structural Engineer who is a specialist in PRC houses.

Registered Practitioners

Practitioner NamePractitioner AddressPractitioner Cert. (PDF)Registration No.Registration DatePRC House TypeRepair Specification (PDF)
Brian StockerWheelhouse, Nunnery Green, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3 JW United Kingdom0001418 Jun 18Underdown/WingetBSF-RS-Underdown-Winget-1
Brian StockerWheelhouse, Nunnery Green, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3 JW United Kingdom0001301 Aug 17AireyBSF-RS-Airey-1
Brian StockerWheelhouse, Nunnery Green, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3 JW United Kingdom0001212 Aug 14WatesBSF-Wates-1
Brian StockerWheelhouse, Nunnery Green, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3 JW United Kingdom0001112 Aug 14ReemaBSF-Reema-1

Repaired properties

AddressPractitioner namePractitioner Certificate No. (pdf)NotesPRC House typeRepair Specification (pdf)Repair Certificate (pdf)
10 St Mary's Way,
Baldock,
Herts.,
SG7 6JF
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 05/10/2015
Date of Repair: 01/12/2015
WatesBSF-Wates-100002
107 Burke Drive,
Thornhill,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO19 6EG
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 06/08/2019
Date of Repair: 01/06/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100071
12 Copeland Road,
Millbrook,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO16 9HA
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 06/08/2019
Date of Repair: 01/04/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100063
144 Byron Road,
Southampton,
Hants.,
SO19 6EY
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 09/05/2016
Date of Repair: 01/06/2016
ReemaBSF-Reema-100009
173 Four Acres,
Withywood,
Bristol,
BS13 8QQ
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 03/02/2016
Date of Repair: 01/04/2016
ReemaBSF-Reema-100007
20 Avon Banks,
Salisbury,
Wilts.,
SP5 8JU
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 03/02/2016
Date of Repair: 01/08/2016
ReemaBSF-Reema-100005
23 Scotland Close,
Fair Oak,
Eastleigh,
Hants.,
SO50 7BQ
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 16/06/2016
Date of Repair: 01/08/2016
ReemaBSF-Reema-100010
24 Atlee Crescent,
Upper Stratton,
Swindon,
Wiltshire,
SN2 7JT
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 03/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/01/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100057
24 Park View,
Royston,
Hertfordshire,
SG8 5PS
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 03/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/02/2019
AireyBSF-RS-Airey-100059
25 Windmill Piece,
Chiseldon,
Wiltshire,
SN4 0NY
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 09/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/04/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100064
3 Birch Road,
Tadley,
Hampshire,
RG26 4QT
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 22/05/2019
Date of Repair: 01/07/2018
ReemaBSF-Reema-100018
33 Chambers Avenue,
Romsey,
Hampshire,
SO51 5BG
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 04/12/2015
Date of Repair: 01/11/2015
ReemaBSF-Reema-100001
35 Copeland Road,
Millbrook,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO16 9HA
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 03/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/04/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100065
36 Cawdor Avenue,
South Ockendon,
Essex,
RM15 5RF
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 20/11/2015
Date of Repair: 01/12/2016
WatesBSF-Wates-100003
36 Daventry Road,
Romford,
Essex,
RM3 7QT
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 30/03/2016
Date of Repair: 01/05/2016
WatesBSF-Wates-100008
37 Mansell Road East,
Millbrook,
Southampton,
SO16 9DP
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01WatesBSF-Wates-100014
37 Windmill Piece,
Chiseldon,
Swindon,
SN4 0NY
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01ReemaBSF-Reema-100012
40 St Mary's Road,
Tetbury,
Gloucestershire,
GL8 8BG
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 09/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/04/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100062
44 Durlston Road,
Millbrook,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO16 9JH
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 03/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/05/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100066
45 Meadow Road,
Rettendon,
Essex,
CM3 8DU
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 20/01/2016
Date of Repair: 01/03/2016
WatesBSF-Wates-100006
49 Stuart Way,
Windsor,
Berks.,
SL4 5LR
United Kingdom
Alan Cairns0001/X-01Date of Registration: 08/01/2016
Date of Repair: 01/02/2016
WatesBSF-Wates-100004
5 Orchard Lane,
Barkston Ash,
Tadcaster,
Yorkshire,
LS24 9PN
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 09/07/2019
Date of Repair: 01/05/2019
AireyBSF-RS-Airey-100067
12 Abbey Close,
Southampton,
Hampshire,
SO45 6EL
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 26/09/2019
Date of Repair: 01/08/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100058
78 Buttington Road,
Sedbury,
Chepstow,
NP16 7AN
United Kingdom
Brian Stocker0001Date of Registration: 26/09/2019
Date of Repair: 01/06/2019
ReemaBSF-Reema-100077