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OverviewEdit

It was named after Harry Louis Ronan, a former Chairman of the Housing Committee of the London Borough of Newham, and was part of the wave of cheep and quickly built tower blocks constructed in West Ham during the 1960s as cheap by Taylor Woodrow Anglian using the Danish invented Large Panel System building (LPS). It was built between ?/?/1966 and the 11th of March, 1968.

StatsEdit

  • Name = Ronan Point.
  • location = London Borough of Newham, Greater London England.
  • status = Non.
  • Planned out= N/A.
  • start_date = 1966.
  • completion_date = N/A.
  • opening = 1968.
  • renovation_date = 1968-69.
  • building_type = residential.
  • architectural_style= Large Panel System building (LPS) derived pseudo-modernist format.
  • antenna_spire = Non attached.
  • roof level height = N\A, but probably akin to others of comparable role, configuration and era.
  • floor_count = N\A, but probably akin to others of comparable role, configuration and era.
  • elevator_count = N\A, but probably akin to others of comparable role, configuration and era.
  • Unit cost = N\A, but probably akin to others of comparable role, configuration and era.
  • Floor_area = N\A, but probably akin to others of comparable role, configuration and era.
  • architect = Taylor Woodrow Anglian.
  • structural_engineer= Taylor Woodrow Anglian
  • main_contractor = Taylor Woodrow Anglian.
  • developer = Taylor Woodrow Anglian.
  • owner = N/A.
  • Facility management = London Borough of Newham.

ArchitectureEdit

Planning philosophyEdit

N\A.

The plans usedEdit

A cheep and rather easy to build Large Panel System building (LPS) derived pseudo-modernist format.

The eventEdit

The 22-story tower block in Newham LB, partly collapsed on 16th of May, 1968 when a small gas stove explosion demolished a critical load-bearing wall, removing the structural supports to the four flats above, causing the cascading causing the progressive collapse of the south-east corner of the building in which 4 were killed and 17 were injured.

The caused was found to be by both poor design and poor construction, such as the strengthening brackets which had been fitted during the post-blast rebuilding were in many cases were not properly attached. This and the initial structural weaknesses led to complete loss of public confidence in high rise residential buildings due to fears about wide spread corporate malfeasance and corner cutting, so the government chose to bring in several major changes in UK building regulations with in a few years of the event.

Some speculation still swirls around the idea it was an IRA and\or Italian Red Brigades bomb, but it is officially denied and both the IRA and the Italian Red Brigades have made no clam of responsibility for it either.

Also seeEdit

  1. London Euston Station
  2. "London's Burning" (the political epithet, not the UK TV show)
  3. Khrushchyovka
  4. CIS Tower
  5. Famous buildings
  6. La Lavatrici
  7. Heygate Estate (UK)
  8. Ferrier Estate (UK)
  9. Aylesbury Estate (UK)
  10. Banbury's Bradley Arcade
  11. Canary Wharf
  12. Chalcots Estate (UK)
  13. Stevenage (British New Town)
  14. Milton Keynes (British New Town)

SourcesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan_Point
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/16/newsid_2514000/2514277.stm

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