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Early Years of the Leigh Park Housing Estate Portsmouth

The Nissen Hut They Called Home. A publication compiled by Ralph Cousins. We would like to introduce you to an excellent publication written by the very talented author, Mr Ralph Cousins. This publication provides a unique insight into the history and eventual development, of the Leigh Park Housing estate, Portsmouth. Published in PDF format, this book offers …

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Rising BISF House build costs and slow progress angers Ministers in 1947 debate.

Apparently, all was not going well during the early stages of BISF House production in the UK. Many Ministers expressed deep concern over slow rates of progression, increasing costs and the direct and indirect links between the house and members of British Iron & Steel Federation and British Steel Houses Ltd. The latter company being …

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Frederick Gibberd Architect for Prototypes A, B, C Steel Houses 1943

 Historical Documents Steel Houses BRITISH IRON AND STEEL FEDERATION POST-WAR HOUSING TECHNICAL SUB-COMMITTEE. Minutes of the Meeting held at Steel House on 14th December, 1943 at 2.45 p.m. Present:   Mr. C.J. Kavanagh (Chairman) Mr. Spencer Summers, M.P, Hon. H.C.H. Bathurst. Mr. W. Brown.  Mr. R. Marshall.  Mr. W.S. Napier.  Mr. T.G. Rodger.  Mr. E.G. Saunders. In …

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BISF Historical Documents Series Jan 11th 1944 Cold Formed Steel

In this series of posts we take a look at a selection of historical documents outlining the development and construction of the British Iron & Steel Federation, Steel Framed House. We currently hold thousands of BISF  archive items that have each been photographed and in some cases converted to text form for easier searching. This …

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BISF Historical Documents Series Progress Report 9th Feb 1944

In this series of posts we take a look at a selection of historical documents outlining the development and construction of the British Iron & Steel Federation, Steel Framed House. We currently hold thousands of archive items that have each been photographed and in some cases converted to text form for easier searching. This conversion …

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BISF Historical Documents Series 9th Feb 1944 Prototype Houses

The Chairman said that the Design Committee had also considered the question of the supply of the framework for the prototype and the matter had been referred to the London Constructional Engineers Association, who had recommended Dorman Long & Co,or Redpath Brown & Co, to carry out the work. These two Companies, in consultation, had agreed that Redpath Brown could fabricate and erect the prototype. The matter, he said, would now be referred to the Main Committee for their approval.

BISF Historical Documents Series 20th July 1944 C1 Prototype

In this series of posts we take a look at a selection of historical documents outlining the development and construction of the British Iron & Steel Federation, Steel Framed House. We currently hold thousands of archive items that have each been photographed and in some cases converted to text form for easier searching. This conversion …

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BISF Historical Documents Series 16th & 14th June 1944

In this series of posts we take a look at a selection of historical documents outlining the development and construction of the British Iron & Steel Federation, Steel Framed House. We currently hold thousands of archive items that have each been photographed and in some cases converted to text form for easier searching. This conversion …

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BISF Historical Documents Series 28th June 1944

BRITISH IRON AND STEEL FEDERATION POST-WAR HOUSING TECHNICAL SUB-COMMITTEE Minutes of the Meeting held at Steel House on Wednesday, 28th June 1944 at 12,15 pm Present Mr.G.J, Kavanagh Hon.H.C.H. (Chairman) Mr.w.Brown Mr.w.S. Napier Mr.R.Marshall Mr.T.G. Rodger In Attendance Mr.T.Stevenson (Secretary) Mr.D.J. Davies. 1. Apologies, Apologies for absence were Intimated from Mr. Rennie, Mr. Saunders and …

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BISF Historical Documents Series 18th July 1944

BRITISH IRON AND STEEL FEDERATION TELEPHONES: WHITEHALL 1030 (10 LINES). Telegrams > IROSTELFER. PARL. LONDON. STEEL HOUSE. TOTHILL STREET, WESTMINSTER. S.W.I, 18th July, 1944. Dear Sir, Post War Housing Technical Sub-Committee, It is proposed to hold the next meeting of the above Committee at 9,30 a.m, on Friday, 28th July 1944, at Steel House. It …

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House Building in Post War Coventry and the Loss of 1,500 BISF Homes.

House Building in Post War Coventry Resulted In Loss Of 1,500 BISF Homes In 1943 local authorities across the UK  were directed by the government had to assess their long-term housing requirements. In Coventry, the already renowned architect Donald Gibson stated that he believed Coventry would require over 50,000 new homes to be built due …

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The History Of Bristols Prefabs

Bristol City Council, Watershed and Bristol Museums & Art Gallery Archives have jointly produced an excellent video entitled ‘Bristol Prefabs, hosted by Dave Drew. The video chronicles the proliferation and history of prefab housing in Bristol as part of the ‘Bristol Stories‘ collection of individual, personal digital stories made in Bristol. Although a BISF house …

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