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In the late 1960s, it became clear that metrication was set to be imposed on all forms of business as means of increasing standardisation, and Renfrewshire County Council decided to set a challenge for the County Architects Department, and the Internal Building and Works Department. They were tasked with designing and building a pair of houses using entirely metric measurements from the ground up in order to determine potential pitfalls arising from the use of the new measurement system.

For many years, the two white rendered houses they produced stood on their own, next to a feeder road for the Erskine Bridge.

Nothing is known regarding the fate of the original houses, and from the appearance of the site it seems likely that the they no longer exist, and the site has been subject to later development.

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