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Past times

50 Golden Years

Construction News looks back at what was happening in the construction industry this week 10, 25 and 50 years ago.

This week in 1952 - David Eccles, Minster of Works, warned of a shortfall in house windows and cement as the amount of construction work in the country increased. The lack of the latter could be met by switching deliveries, not by buying in from abroad.

This week in 1977 - Construction unions T&G and Ucatt were expected to discuss the deteriorating relationship between their London branches. Ucatt reportedly told its members to ignore a T&G picket on a Lambeth housing contract, and both unions accused the other of poaching members.

This week in 1992 - Mowlem issued an £18.5 million writ against Eagle Star and its architect over the west London Carlton Gate development, accusing them of denying a time extension and conspiring with the developer to sack Mowlem.