• Short Summary

    A NEW WAY TO BUILD QUICKER...WITH A BRITISH INVENTION CALLED "JACKBLOCK."
    IT'S BEEN IN USE PUTTING?

  • Description

    A NEW WAY TO BUILD QUICKER...WITH A BRITISH INVENTION CALLED "JACKBLOCK."
    IT'S BEEN IN USE PUTTING UP FLATS WHERE THEY ARE MOST NEEDED QUICKLY IN ONE OF BRITAIN'S WARTIME BLITZED CITIES - COVENTRY.

    "JACKBLOCK" - A REVOLUTIONARY MONSTER OF MOSTLY HYDRAULIC JACKS AND IMMENSE PUSHING POWER - ACTUALLY STARTS WITH THE ROOF AND TOP STORY.

    EACH STORY IS BUILT AT GROUND LEVEL, THEN INSERTED LIKE SLICED BREAD BETWEEN THE JACKS AND STORY ABOVE, AND THE WHOLE BUILDING RAISED...ONE SLICE AT A TIME.

    THIS ONE IS GOING UP TO SEVENTEEN FLOORS...BUILDING AT GROUND LEVEL, ALL THE TIME, SAVES TIME AND MONEY.

    LABOUR COSTS ARE LESS, WIND AND RAIN NO LONGER HOLD UP PROGRESS - THE BUILDING OF EACH SLICE IS DONE IN A WORKSHOP AREA ENCLOSED IN POLYTHENE, NEAR TO THE JACKS.

    THE MAKERS SAY THAT THEIR WAY IS PARTICULARLY SUITED TO CONSTRUCTING TALL CANTILEVER BUILDINGS IN PLACES LIKE AMERICA, THE PACIFIC COAST AND JAPAN - ESPECIALLY IN EARTHQUAKE AREAS.

    IT ALSO CAN BE USED WITH ADVANTAGE ON UNSTABLE GROUND AS IN MEXICO CITY AND SINGAPORE, AND IN MINING AREAS AND LAND RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA FOR PORT BUILDING.

    THEY BELIEVE JACKBLOCK OPENS UP A NEW ERA IN MULTI-STORY BUILDINGS, OVERCOMING THE SHARP RISE IN COSTS MET WITH THE HIGHER YOU GO, USING CONVENTIONAL WAYS.

    IN THIS CASE, THE JACKS ARE HOUSED IN THE BASEMENT AREA.THERE ARE FORTY OF THEM AND EACH CAN LIFT 220 TONS...NOW FOR THE BREAKTHROUGH...CLAIMED AS THE WORLD'S FIRST JACK BUILDING, IT REACHED ENTIRELY COMPLETE TO THE SKY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAU6GBBFHIRHX3KFF67JV40OH4
    Media URN:
    VLVAAU6GBBFHIRHX3KFF67JV40OH4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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