TQ1995 : The Fire Research Station (5)

taken 24 years ago, near to Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

The Fire Research Station (5)
The Fire Research Station (5)
Looking towards the North end of the site. Nearest building on the right is the end of the Hydraulics Laboratory. On the left, going away from the camera, a single storey office/small lab building, the roof just visible of the old 'Lecture Theatre', then over the grid line into TQ1996 is the workshop and the original 1935 'Appliance Building'. The site road from the far end of the carpark onwards is roughly the line of the present Coleridge Way.
In the far distance is Elstree and Borehamwood railway station - the footbridge is just visible.
Fire Research Station
The Fire Research Station (FRS) was a development of the Fire Offices' Committee (FOC) Testing Station, erected at Borehamwood in 1935. A joint venture between government and the insurance industry, it was set up in late 1947 with staff from the FOC and from the Building Research Station (BRS) although run as an independent body. The site expanded with major building works in 1958, 1960, late 1960s and mid-1970s. At the latter date FRS was merged with BRS and the Forest Products Laboratory at Princes Risborough to form the Building Research Establishment (BRE). During the 1980s staff numbers were reduced by government cutbacks and FRS was moved to the main BRE site at Garston, N. Watford, in 1994. The insurance-run Loss Prevention Certification Board continued to run the site until the mid-2000s, when taken over by BRE (privatised in 1997) it too was moved to Garston. The site has been cleared of all the original buildings and developed for housing.
Although having an international reputation, FRS was a little-known part of Borehamwood, except for those who worked there! These pictures show something of the site shortly before FRS moved out in 1994. They are split between TQ1995 and TQ1996 as the site crossed the grid line between these two squares.
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Date Taken
September 1994   (more nearby)
Friday, 23 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1930 9598 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.9979N 0:16.6211W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1936 9593
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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