The Ronan Point Tower Disaster 1968 | Plainly Difficult Documentary



Learn with Plainly Difficult! On the 16th May 1968 a small Gas explosion caused Ronan Point Apartment Block to Collapse.

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  1. There is a very good documentary about the issues with post war housing in the UK called :
    Inquiry. The Great British Housing Disaster (Adam Curtis, 1984)
    This can be found on You Tube

  2. Narrator: "… couldn't stay up in the clouds for long…"
    me: poor choice of words.
    Narrator: "…quite literally."
    me: you got that right.

  3. Even after a gas explosion. The block would not gave collapsed if the builders had not used sea-dredged sand in the concrete. ; the sea sand corroded the iron re-bars in the concrete, destroying its structural strength.

  4. Dockers downed tools and rushed to the scene, pitching in and assisting firemen and paramedics in pulling people out of the rubble; of course the papers reported as "another strike by Trotskyist dockers"!

  5. The remaining blocks in the estate were demolished after being declared a "hazard to navigation" to aircraft using Docklands City Airport; once again Newham Council prioritised the convenience of yuppies over the rights of working people.

  6. so the government was building housing. Welp…there's your problem. too bad the good old UK still has not learned anything from its descent into stupidity in the 50s and 60s.

  7. I'm not so sure one can make a claim that the storm would have toppled this tower. If this one was exemplary of such buildings of the period, why was it that the "Great Storm" didn't knock down any of the others?

    Also, how was it the woman didn't smell the gas before she turned on the stove, given that it was somewhat common for that to happen? Seems people of the time would be attuned to that hazard and the odor that would have warned of it. Did she have damaged olfactories?

  8. I’m a carpenter who works on remodels of wood construction residential homes in the US, particularly in a location where regulatory inspection is either nonexistent or poor at best. It is *shocking*, the things I’ve seen done in something as simple as a wooden house. I am not one to scare easily, yet I have found myself in the bowels of homes that genuinely frighten me because I can’t understand how the home hadn’t collapsed yet.

    Of course it becomes my job to fix the problem, which I do. But it should be said, too often structures are under-built. Personally, I think overbuilding should be standard practice, but alas, economics demands the cheapest turd that can be polished enough to peddle to some sucker.

  9. I’m not sure if this is the place to do so, but I do have a suggestion for an event to cover: the 1975 Spongex arson in Shelton, CT. It is the largest arson in US history, and it happened just down the street from me. Thanks!

  10. There's a great documentary from the 80s on the disaster that were these buildings during the UK building boom of the 60s and 70s. It's called "Inquiry. The Great British Housing Disaster."

    The problem with these buildings were the sheer lack of quality control from all parties involved, from the making of the panels to the construction of the buildings, to the lack of regulation and inspection by the government. Now, they have a problem with many of these buildings reaching the end of their life (or even past their lifespan) and thousands of lives at risk in the UK.

  11. Who thought packing people into ugly concrete boxes with no yards or greenery was a good idea? The builders who made money off them, the politicians who collected graft? In the US these hideous structures quickly became slums. BRUTAL was the right word.

  12. I know little to nothing about architecture, but the remains appear to be quite flimsy to my eyes. Should have let the folk who designed and constructed it LIVE IN IT.

  13. In the post war period nearly everything in Britain was built and sold down to a low price and almost never up to a high standard. That culture went with the territory. It was often the attitude of the Brits that it was the way to go and Ronan Point was the result. Some of the cheap housing in Basildon and Harlow was deplorable. China is doing it today.

  14. Let’s build a tower block, using unskilled Labour, and supervising staff who had no ideas about the new type of construction. What could possibly go wrong ?

  15. My freind bill was a fireman in south london calle to ronan point todo what he could there tried to remov a body when he pulled the man out it was just atorso he never got over the dredfull thing

  16. I enjoyed this little documentary. Not simply for the education but the production choices. No overwhelming music or sound effects during the video proper. I like that choice. I felt like I was attending a proper lecture, not watching something for entertainment.

  17. Seems like the construction type isn't inherently bad. If the builders hadn't cut corners, and the tower was built to withstand a more catastrophic event, there would be no problem at all.

  18. As a student I lived in a house on the outskirts of London that some time back no-one would have wanted. I was even offered that same house by the council to purchase for 6000 gbp and even a special student loan. I declined saying 'who would want to live there'. I recently went back, the house is now worth 1.3 million.

  19. One of my boys lives in a dorm block at university. it was built in 1962. the school has been wanting to tear it down for 10 years now. replace it with new apartments. Ive seen their new apartments. ive obviously seen my sons dorm. having been in engineering for >25 years now, i told him I would rent him an apartment off campus before letting him move in the "new buildings" OR he could go in the old dorms. Ugly. not 'modern' but damn, those things could take a direct hit from a rpg and not even feel it. Ok. there are way to few outlets (ref 1962…) there is no AC. and it 'looks old' but its solid, affordable and comfortable. new is NOT = to better.

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