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Ailsa House

Hob Uid: 1505683
Location :
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SE1830637193
Summary : Five eight-storey tower blocks built as public housing, known respectively as Ailsa House, Gerard House, Thorald House, Waryn House and York House on the Thorpe Edge estate. The first four blocks contain 48 dwellings each, providing 192 dwellings in total. Each block consists of two linked slabs. construction is traditional front and back with concrete panel sides. The fifth block, York House, was constructed by a different contractor and is U-plan in form. The block originally contained 101 dwellings, which later became 125 dwellngs. Construction started on all five blocks in 1955 and was completed in 1957.
More information : The blocks were constructed by Bradford County Borough Council. The Primary and Alternate addresses are the individual addresses of each block; all are current and of equal status.
The Alternate Name is the name that was given to the contract for the development. (1)

The contractor for Ailsa House, Gerard House, Thorald House and Waryn House was John Laing Construction Ltd. The contractor for York House was George Wimpey & Co. Ltd. The date that the number of dwellings in York House was increased is unknown. (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Tower block : modern public housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Source details : Gazetteer 1
Page(s) : 365
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Source Number : 2
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Personal archive of Dr Miles Glendinning, held at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : Constructed 1955-57
Monument End Date : 1957
Monument Start Date : 1955
Monument Type : Tower Block, Council Flats
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 13 NE 147
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TOWER BLOCK DATABASE PILOT PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2009-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31