‘The new factory for Texas instruments inManton Lane, Bedford
, scheduled for occupation in early December, is now nearing completion. It is an example of the latest developments in industrial architecture and technique.’
So, 50 years ago this year, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of October 19th 1960.
‘The factory is to some extent similar to the parent company’s Dallas Plant, but modified to suit English requirements,’ continues the story.
‘Two of the advanced methods used have been the use of the lift slab technique for the construction of the manufacturing area and office wing floors, and the roof constructed of hyperbolic paraboloid umbrella units 48ft square. The roof form gives a most distinctive form to the production areas.’
‘The ground floor area of the factory is virtually exclusively occupied by a 9ft 6in high crypt, which is used solely for the distribution of utility services. It is estimated that up to 36 of these will be installed, including power lines, de-ionised water, etc.’