TL1201 : The Building Research Station (3)

taken 25 years ago, near to Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

The Building Research Station (3)
The Building Research Station (3)
A view in early 1997 of the low-energy office block (building 16) nearing completion. The stacks on the face of the building provide ventilation in warm weather; note that three of them await their cowls. Yet to be fitted are glass louvres in front of the windows - these could be angled either to reflect sunlight away from the building if it was too strong or reflect light into the building on duller days.
(Photo taken from the first-floor exterior gallery of building 18.)
Building Research Establishment (BRE Ltd)

The Building Research Station (BRS) was formed at East Acton in 1921. It moved in 1925 to this site at Garston where it had space to expand. Part of the site was used as a back-up to Bentley Priory RAF fighter control during WW2; 80 Wing, the RAF radio-countermeasures department, was also housed here briefly before moving to nearby Radlett. Most of the site buildings are post-war developments.
In 1972 BRS was merged with the Forest Products Laboratory at Princes Risborough and the Fire Research Station at Borehamwood (see TQ1995 and TQ1996) to form the Building Research Establishment (BRE). By 1994 both the FRS and Princes Risborough sites had been cleared by staff moving to the BRE site. In 1997 BRE was sold off to the management to form BRE Ltd., a not-for-profit company.
Information on current BRE Ltd. activities can be found at LinkExternal link.

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Date Taken
1997   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 1251 0142 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:42.0154N 0:22.4021W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 1254 0141
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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