German air raids during WWII had destroyed over 2,000 homes in Norwich and had damaged around 30,000.

British soldiers needed homes to return to and families were faced with the threat of homelessness. To provide immediate housing for those in need, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced his temporary housing programme: the Emergency Factory Made (EFM) scheme.

Homes for the EFM scheme were prefabricated in factories and were designed to last around ten years. R G Carter was contracted to build some of the prefabricated homes, as well as to reconstruct a percentage of the bomb damaged homes in the city centre.