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05-12-2005, 19:07   #12
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the basic internal layout of all three blocks of flats (kelvin, Park hill and Hyde Park) were pretty much identical.

The only real differences were externally, the windows of HP and K were the same; laid out horizontally.( i e = = = PH were set vertically like so || || || )

The interiors were very light and airy, and fairly well laid-out. The windows were very large, in all three blocks, in relation to the wall they were set in (almost a 6' drop, by nearly 9' wide in my old living room.)

I think it was simply the construction materials, and the construction methods that let the buildings down.

I think that (maybe not so much in PH, as that was the first block of the three to be built) the materials were a bit substandard, or, at least, the reinforced concrete (particularly) and the flat rooves were not suitable for the British climate.
the flat I lived in on HP had a hole in the foor, through to the public access landing below, that you could get your fist in, where teh concrete had spalled, and crumbled away.

The PHF blocks don't seem to have been as damp and as poor in construction as the other two.

That is the physical climate of the blocks, as far as My memory serves me,

the atmosphere on them...

well, all three blocks seem as if they had developed a keen sense of community, despite a lot of disadvantage, and poverty etc.... and a lot of what were then termed "problem families" being moved on.

People did cleave together, and try and make the communities on those blocks something to be proud of. They worked hard to try and instill a sense of hope and positive attitudes into the residents.

things could be awkward, as mums with small kiddies could feel isolated, as there was nowhere safe for them to play, especially if you were on the uppermost floors. you couldn't just let the kiddies out to play... it was so far from some flats to the lifts that it could take ages to get out to the outdoor play areas, and of course you couldn't just leave the younger ones to their own devices.

If you were elderly, again, it could be isolating. shops not always near enough to reach easily.

You had the idiot drunkards and dead-heads piddling in the lifts, and folk being inconsiderate with noise. Sometimes it felt like a losing battle. but, on the whole, I think the positives outweighed the negatives.

1.5 billion Muslims on this planet...
500,000 muslims in Australia...
ONE mentally ill criminal in a cafe... Lets keep a sense of perspective here.
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