Bert Lowe talks about the new building systems [Text only]

'Tersons were the first contractors here. Mowlem's came in much later, I worked for Mowlem for years...'

Stevenage Museum

Tersons were the first contractors here. Mowlem’s came in much later, I worked for Mowlem for years. But Mowlem’s employed a different system altogether. Mowlems was a semi system building. All the others were traditional in the main and then Mowlem’s came in with this system. It’s mainly a fly-ash pour inside this wall and that wall inside would all be done in fly-ash, shuttered up. But the outside would be brick normal traditional brickwork, you see. But it enabled the housing site to go along like a factory; you could do it in stages. You’d do your concrete footing then you’d put your first lot of shuttering up to the joists. Then the bricklayer would come along and put the brickwork round then the scaffolding would go up you could do it in stages like an endless belt system

And actually for a bricklayer and carpenter it was like shelling peas, it was so easy, but you could change it around, you could change the colour of the bricks and you could move the blocks, you could stagger the houses and almost put them on end, we was able to handover about two dozen a week to the Corporation.

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