To celebrate the 100th edition of our Construction Buzz Newsletter, we’ve delved into the archives to bring you some of the most influential construction projects from the last 100 years, exactly as they were reported at the time.
Minister’s ginger-up housing message
Britain’s “master builder”, Mr. Aneurin Bevan, who is in charge of the drive for badly-needed houses, is “facing the future” boldly. Read the full article here.
Evening Despatch, 18 August 1945
First stretch of M1 Motorway to open
When Mr. Marples opens to-day the first stretch of M1, Britain will have eighty miles of road built for fast motor traffic. Read the full article here.
Guardian, 2 November 1959
Largest-ever New Town
Milton Keynes is the name of Britain’s first new overspill city, designed to provide homes for 250,000 people.. Read the full article here.
The Illustrated London News, 21 January 1967
World in Action & Barratts the builders
An adjudication from the Broadcasting Complaints Commission was published yesterday, following a damning documentary on Timber Frame Housing. Read the full article here.
The Stage, 20 February 1986
President and Queen open Chunnel
The Queen and France's President Francois Mitterrand have formally opened the Channel Tunnel during two elaborate ceremonies. Read the full article here
BBC News, 6 May 1994
Queen opens new Heathrow terminal
The Queen has officially opened Heathrow Airport's controversial Terminal 5, describing it as "a 21st Century gateway to Britain". Read the full article here
BBC News, 14 March 2008
Olympic Park timelapse sequences
Architects and builders have been battling against tough deadlines to ready venues fit to host the world's largest sporting spectacle. Read the full article here
BBC News, 23 December 2011
World’s tallest structure dedicated
Government, state and city officials participated in ceremonies formally dedicating the new Empire State Building Friday. Read the full article
Wall Street Journal, 2 May 1931
Bell Lab demonstrates solar battery
Last week the Bell Telephone Laboratories demonstrated a solar battery which can convert sunlight into electric current. Read the full article here
TIME Magazine, 3 May 1954