Michael John Paul
At the start of my career, as a trainee draughtsman from 1970-74, I detailed more than 20 school roofs, mainly in Kent and Herts, using RAAC planks produced by Gascon Building Materials, and was also involved in supervising their installation on site. RAAC was at that time regarded as something of a "wonder material" - relatively lightweight, easy to install, and with good insulation properties etc. But at much the same time high-alumina cement was also in widespread use, which later proved a disadvantage for many structures. We live and (hopefully !) learn. We also detailed a complete pub in the same planks - the "Rifle Volunteer" in Dunstable if I remember rightly.
Mike Paul (retired)
Oh, wonderful! ….if in doubt, blame the contractor! So much for "partnerships" in the construction industry.
(retired - after 40 years in contracting)
Comment on: Interview | Peter Mumford, Highways England
Of course in the 1960's and 70's no-one even dreamed about "digital engineering", but better project management and technology and innovation were certainly trms that were used in connection with the regional Road Construction Units that we then had. Perhaps a bit of history repeating itself rather than the dawn of a new era? Somewhere along the way the RCUs were disbanded because there wasn't the need to build so many roads (???). Perhaps our road system would be in better shape if a consistent approach had been maintained over the years.