It was cheaper. This building was built in a
period when money was short and architects had to cut the cost.
The trouble is that flat roofs have a life of about fifteen years.
After that they tend to leak and many have had to be replaced,
with pitched roofs, new asphalt, or other means. A headmaster once
said, “Show me a flat roof and I will show you a bucket”.
- Asphalt or tarred felt. When money was particularly
tight soon after the Second World War, some flats in the Thames
Estuary were covered with sheets of polythene. Seagulls pecked
through them in weeks.
- The drainpipes are at the back of the building
because the architect wanted to keep his elevation clear and not
cluttered up with drain pipes. Also, his drainage pipes may have
been at the back of the houses and not under the road.
- Wooden casements, hinged on the uprights to open