The Portacabins

The portacabins were erected to accomodate the offices and furnishing fabric workrooms so that the Kinghams building, where they were previously located, could be demolished.

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  • Mine is the drawing board closest to the camera; Chris Jeffery’s board is behind.  By this time we had started to work using the then, relatively, new CAD system using an old Apple Mac with a 9″ screen!  The photographer (probably John Singlehurst) could have been sitting on the computer.

    The KP clerks sat to the left of the photograph with filing cabinets dividing the two halves of the room.  The SM (and DM when in residence) sat at the far end of the room.  All very cosy.

    On the day of the move to the new Harlequin shop all Partners were initially booked in through the corridor outside the office – you can just see the door to the corridor behind the plant.   It all got very crowded.

    Interestingly some time after the move and the removal of the Portakabins; the clerk, Janette Allen, was driving round the Watford one way system and found she was following her old office on the back of a low loader.  She recognised a notice attached to one wall.

    By Hans Peters (Kitchen Planner 1977 - ) (18/04/2008)

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