Mr Alford discusses the comradeship amongst the architects of Stevenage

“there was a terrific sort of comradeship many of us were ex-service men all wanting to contribute something new, and keen to get on and work hard at it in those days. And this I think gave a terrific drive to the work we were doing”

Stevenage Museum

Transcript:

Interviewer: You must have been thrilled at the prospect of working as an architect involved in the design of a new town and all the opportunities that it offered?

Mr Alford: It was a marvellous atmosphere; we were then working Aston House up in Aston village.  An isolated situation, but a beautiful old house.  Some of the studios were rather small and not very high ceilings, but even so there was a terrific sort of comradeship. Many of us were ex-service men all wanting to contribute something new, and keen to get on and work hard at it in those days.  And this I think gave a terrific drive to the work we were doing…

Interviewer: Esprit de corps sort of thing?

Mr Alford: Yes, but there was of course frustration, things didn’t always move as fast as we would like.  There were always, the board might not necessarily agree with the things we wanted to do.  So things didn’t always go smoothly

Alford 1987

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