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Other titles:MATTHEW NATHAN AMATEUR FILM COLLECTION [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Amateur film showing the construction of permanent prefabricated housing in post-war London. Intertitles throughout.
Description: "London Builds Again" The film opens with a shot of St Paul's Cathedral, followed by a sign at the base of Nelson's Column reading 'The time of destruction is ended ... the era of reconstruction begins. H.M. the King". Another sign reads 'Save for reconstruction'. The demolition of a bomb-damaged building. Intertitles introduce the construction of Orlit Houses; a sign on-site reads 'Ministry of Works. Experimental Permanent Houses. Poplar Site'. The construction of the houses are shown from constructing the concrete frames through to the finished dwellings. A sign on-site reads 'Richard Costain Limited London SW1'. Mr George Tomlinson and Mr Charles Key, the Minister of Works open the first house in February 1946, watched by crowds of on-lookers. Detailed shots of the interior of one of the houses. Shots of Orlit houses with sloped roofs. The construction of a Howard House. Scenes of the completed houses and detailed shots of their interiors. The construction of an Airey house. Intertitles introduce steel frame BISF houses on an LCC Estate near Harrow. Shots of the site showing house in varying states of construction. Furniture is moved into one house (by C. Goodman & Sons Ltd, Removal & Transport Contractors SE17), a family sits at the window inside. Details shots of the interior. the film ends on a shot (from inside the house) of a woman looking out of her window. "The End"