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History of Ronan Point tower block and safety worries

History of Ronan Point tower block and safety worries
News report; Interview
TX Date
10 Oct 1984
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Report on the history of Ronan Point, a tower block in Newham, east London, which raised doubts about the safety of large panel system buildings after a section collapsed due to a gas explosion in 1968. Includes Movietone archive clips of Leslie Mitchell reporting on the incident. Followed by an interview, possibly with Newham Council spokesman, on the vested interests which led to continued construction of these types of building despite safety worries. Female reporter and male interviewer not identified.
Movietone; Leslie Mitchell
Accidents; London; Housing; GLC; Council housing; Housing maintenance; Construction industry; Safety; Costs; Disasters (events); Building construction; Explosions; Gas explosions; Social housing; Building design; Housing design; Newham; Housing construction; Building costs; Residential buildings; Ronan Point; Ronan Point building collapse (1968); Building contracts; Construction engineering; Building standards; Housing provision

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