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Foxcote
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16 of 24  Wed 29th May 2013 5:38pm  
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Just found this old film regarding 'Jacked Flats'.. Is it Coventry, it came up in a Coventry search? Jacked Flats
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NormK
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17 of 24  Wed 29th May 2013 6:50pm  
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The road layout is about right Foxcote, just out of shot there should be a pub on the left... Not too sure.. Roll eyes .
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Foxcote
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18 of 24  Wed 29th May 2013 7:35pm  
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Evening NormK, I thought it would be a tricky one, it hardly gives much detail of the location, sorry about that.
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jvb
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19 of 24  Wed 29th May 2013 10:02pm  
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The surrounding buildings shown are exactly correct for Barras Green - I'm sure it is Alpha House myself.
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Foxcote
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20 of 24  Thu 30th May 2013 9:15am  
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Thanks jvb, although it's a short bit of film, it's an interesting one if it is Alpha House, there was some writing on one of the models, I couldn't decipher it though Wave
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happyhippie
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21 of 24  Thu 30th May 2013 10:58pm  
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My great aunt Mrs Charlie, moved into Alpha House when it was first built, she use to live in Goring Rd, in a flat but they moved her to the 'Jack block' flats, she was on the first floor, which was up 2 flights of stairs. She loved the under floor heating, use to air all her clothes under her rugs, I was always expecting her to fall and break her neck as the rugs kept getting higher. She loved it there as the caretaker was a really nice man and looked after her well.
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dougie
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22 of 24  Tue 15th Dec 2015 11:35pm  
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I too saw them being built in the 60s but with always going to visit the wife's family by car I've never seen them for years, Oh my on Monday we were in town so we got the number 10 bus and it took us past them Wink so I had to take these two photo's just to show I can move about your city freely plus seen loads of changes over the years to all parts of your city
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Chihawk
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23 of 24  Sun 6th Aug 2017 12:17pm  
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I spotted this the other day looking up a reference to Alpha House, I am sorry I am 4 years late in responding. I was a trainee with Costain's the construction company that invented Jack block, and I worked on the Barras Heath site summer 1962and summer 1963, the first and the last six months of the project. My job included taking many of the hundred of visitors round and explaining the technicalities of the building's construction. I wrote this up in a college essay which I still have. I can go into the technicalities if anyone is interested. I would like to correct some misunderstandings. Alpha House/Jackblock is unique in U.K. A modified version was used for a tall block in Holland, and the lifting technology was incorporated in a few earthquake zone buildings to allow the building to be corrected in the event of foundation movement. The car parks and office block elsewhere in Coventry were built using the Liftslab system (developed by RM Douglas of Wolverhampton), the technology was very different - the one thing in common was that a lifting process was involved. One correspondent mentioned problems with wedges. This cannot have been Jackblock as the floor structure was locked onto the vertical central core by post-tensioning (excuse technical term but the explanation is complicated), wedges were not involved. There is a lot more to this story but much would probably be of greater interest to a technical audience than the general reader.
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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24 of 24  Sun 6th Aug 2017 1:07pm  
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An explanation of the construction technique can be found in a 1964 edition of New Scientist
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