Hangar support column JLP01_08_084165
HEATHROW AIRPORT, B E A SERVICING HANGAR, HEATHROW, HILLINGDON, GREATER LONDON. A steel octagonal column being lowered by a crane into a shaft, part of the construction of foundations for the BEA aircraft servicing hangar at Heathrow Airport.
In October 1969 Laing announced that its Industrial Engineering Branch had been awarded a contract for construction of an aircraft servicing hangar for British European Airways at Heathrow Airport. It was the company's second major contract at Heathrow, following the completion of the BEA and BOAC cargo terminal. The hangar was designed to accommodate new airbus jets and existing aircraft. For the foundations, four 75ft shafts were sunk, the lower sections of which were filled with concrete before octagonal columns, each with a diameter of 8ft, were lowered into the shafts. The remainder was then filled with concrete, and the roof was eventually supported by the columns. Braithwaite engineers manufactured the steelwork for the columns and roof; C V Buchan sank the shafts
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Future Home 2000 JLP01_09_810281
Future Home 2000, Coleshill Place, Bradwell Common, Bradwell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. An elevated view from a cherry picker of progress at the Future Home 2000 construction site in Milton Keynes.
The Future Home 2000 was built by Super Homes specifically to be featured on the BBC's The Money Programme. It was part of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation's Home World 81 exhibition. 36 show homes were built by 22 companies from around the world for the exhibition, on the theme of energy conservation. The structure features a south facing double height conservatory to make passive solar gains and contains panels for water heating. The building was equipped with a variety of heating and power generation systems and The Money Programme monitored its performance for a year following its sale.
This photograph was used in the July 1981 issue of Team Spirit, the Laing company newsletter
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Installing the spire JLP01_08_062422
COVENTRY CATHEDRAL, PRIORY STREET, COVENTRY. Laing workers on the roof of Coventry Cathedral attaching the 80ft bronze spire to a 1 yard square plate, while a RAF officer looks up at a RAF Belvedere helicopter (out of view).
The photograph was taken during Operation Rich Man a joint project involving Royal Air Force staff and Laing staff. This involved a RAF Belvedere helicopter hoisting in to place the 80ft bronze spire on to the new cathedral. The part of the operation to lower the 1/2 ton cross that sits on top of the spire had to be postponed due to windy conditions
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