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The Towers under construction

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Catalogue No: PM00058
Picture Type: Photo Negative
Topic: Sites/Facilities
Title: The Towers under construction
Date: circa 1961
Width (mm): 800
Height (mm): 600
Copies: 1
Location: Negatives Cabinet PM ("54/")
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This view of Tower 1 under construction is taken from the entrance road (Marconi Way). Note that the two Boiler House chimneys are still there and what appear to be a large number of bicycle sheds.

Development of the Towers at Rochester was commenced in about 1960; originally there were to be seven, which would add another 450,000 sq. ft. to the total. This extension was to be built in stages, the first of which was ready for occupation at the end of April 1961.

 The main contractor was Arnold and Nathan of East Peckham, Kent who still traded until 2003 but as part of the Try Accord group. Trollope and Colls [110] were[BC(1]  contracted to carry out the groundwork and building as they were specialists in reinforced concrete a necessary skill to make the unique cantilevered floor structure; in the event only three towers were built.

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