As regular readers know, Alan Clarke looks after the photographic archive at the museum and we have had many excellent blogs based on a huge variety of these. Today, something new…
Reed and Mallik – REEMA
There was a company called Reed and Mallik (R&M) whose headquarters were in Salisbury in Milford Manor. I remember them well as I used to get a lift with one of their engineers to Cambridge.
Salisbury museum has been given permission to scan a number of documents and photographs concerning this now long-gone company. This company ‘s bank was the Barclays branch on the corner of High Street and Bridge Street. This company was so big, that at one time, its account alone was bigger than all this branch’s other accounts put together. I know a lady who used to work at the bank and whose full-time job was handling the R&M accounts.
These scanned documents show what an amazing world-wide number of projects REEMA (the R&M pre-fabricated concrete business) was involved in. This blog only has room just to scratch the surface of this Salisbury mega-company.
Most of Salisbury’s original Bemerton Heath housing estate was built by REEMA. There are some lovely photographs of the various house types used in this estate.
350 REEMA houses were built on Bemerton Heath and more at Harnham, which I know nothing about.
The company traded in Salisbury, Wiltshire between 1937 & 1968. Today it is hard to obtain finance for such buildings in the UK, primarily due to unforeseen problems with similar large panel system construction buildings over the decades but many have lasted for decades. REEMA built prefabricated concrete houses and high rise apartment blocks, village halls, dams in Wales and Scotland and bridges in Australasia.
REEMA were amongst a number of companies building government subsidised ‘prefabs’ (prefabricated houses) after WW2. They were a major part of the delivery plan to address the United Kingdom’s post–Second World War housing shortage envisaged by war-time prime minister, Winston Churchill.
Thank you Alan!