Other British Construction Projects

Scope and Content

Peter Rowe worked on a large number of civil engineering projects, problems and proposals in Britain, relating to sewage schemes, housing developments, land reclamation schemes, coal mines, sugar silos, storage facilities for chemicals and gases, and factory and office developments. Most of the consultancy work was undertaken on behalf of local authorities, water authorities, nationalized industries such as the National Coal Board, Central Electricity Generating Board and British Waterways, and public and private limited companies. Among the most significant consultancy projects in this series, Rowe worked on the Alness oil rig construction site on the Cromerty Firth, and on the investigation of the Aberfan Tip Disaster in 1966.

This component of the archive overlaps with others such as Reservoirs and Dams (PWR/4/2/1), Offshore Structures (PWR/4/4), and Litigation (PWR/4/5). For example, Rowe worked for the British Waterways Board concerning the Marple Canal and the Peak Forest Canal Woodley Embankment (part of the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals group), and concerning Tunnel End Reservoir, Marsden, Yorkshire. Papers relating to the former are found within this series (PWR/4/2/7/44), while the latter occurs within the Reservoirs and Dams component (PWR/4/2/1/101).

Projects are arranged in alphabetical order, according to the name or location of each project site. Among the general and miscellaneous files at the end of this series, there is material concerning the Rowe Consolidation Cell. This includes correspondence between Rowe and The Armfield Hydraulic Engineering Co. Ltd relating to Rowe Consolidation Cell royalty payments and sales, 1966-1667, and a copy of his paper "A New Consolidation Cell", published by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1966.