Fielding & Platt - into the 1980s

A proposal for development of the site, prepared by the Preece Payne Partnership, in 1979

By John Bancroft

In 1979, the Gloucester architects Preece Payne Partnership were commissioned by the company to undertake a review of the Fielding & Platt site and submit proposals for rationalising and streamlining the site operations.

The proposal commenced in April 1979.  This series of pages, reproduced in full, encapsulates their detailed report contained in six sections that include numerous photographs of the existing site layout and culminate with three scheme options for streamlining the operation of the site, scheme B being the architects preferred option. Estimated costings and timescales are included with each option.

It is unclear whether there was ever a decision made to proceed with any one option.  It is possible that the Redman Heenan International board of directors was not keen for an investment of this type, mindful of the cost and timescales involved coupled with the poor economic climate at that time not favouring heavy engineering.  The order book was very mixed with little traditional equipment and was very reliant on refurbishment work.  However, the brass foundry and cycle sheds were razed to the ground and the area opened up, probably around late 1970s/early 1980s.        

A copy of this A3 sized document is held at the Gloucestershire Archives under catalogue ref. D7338/3/1/3.  

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