Hulme Crescents (known locally as just The Crescents) was a large housing development situated in the Hulme district of Manchester, England. The scheme was the largest public housing development in Europe, encompassing 3,284 deck-access homes and capacity for over 13,000 people. It gained notoriety as one of the worst public housing schemes in British history and was marred by serious construction and design errors. The problems were so bad the large housing scheme was short-lived and demolition on The Crescents began in 1991 - just 19 years after it was constructed in 1972.

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  • Hulme Crescents (known locally as just The Crescents) was a large housing development situated in the Hulme district of Manchester, England. The scheme was the largest public housing development in Europe, encompassing 3,284 deck-access homes and capacity for over 13,000 people. It gained notoriety as one of the worst public housing schemes in British history and was marred by serious construction and design errors. The problems were so bad the large housing scheme was short-lived and demolition on The Crescents began in 1991 - just 19 years after it was constructed in 1972. Opening in 1972, the housing scheme was deemed to be unsuitable for families within two years due to design flaws. By 1984 the Crescents had been abandoned by Manchester City Council and stopped taking rents. The Crescents soon became a creative yet dystopian enclave of the city attracting crime as well as bohemian subcultures. Flaws in the construction process, inadequate heating, pest infestation and unsafe design were among some of the problems occupants faced. The Crescents were described by the Architects Journal as "Europe's worst housing stock... hideous system-built deck-access block which gave Hulme its unsavoury reputation." The Hulme Crescents had implications for new housing in Manchester and signalled the death knell for the 'Streets in the sky' idea that had been proposed throughout the 1960s and 1970s in the United Kingdom. The Crescents were demolished in 1994. (en)
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  • Hulme Crescents (known locally as just The Crescents) was a large housing development situated in the Hulme district of Manchester, England. The scheme was the largest public housing development in Europe, encompassing 3,284 deck-access homes and capacity for over 13,000 people. It gained notoriety as one of the worst public housing schemes in British history and was marred by serious construction and design errors. The problems were so bad the large housing scheme was short-lived and demolition on The Crescents began in 1991 - just 19 years after it was constructed in 1972. (en)
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