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White "Dorms" At LHR?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:34 pm

Can anybody tell me what the white buildings in this photo are used for? They seem to be some sort of dorm complex or apartment buildings.

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RE: White "Dorms" At LHR?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:37 pm

Looks like some kind of temp housing or something.
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RE: White "Dorms" At LHR?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:11 pm

Just the offices for various companies - none of which are directly associated with British Airways despite their close proximity to the BAM hangars.

I seem the remember there being an air con company in there, a courier company and a heating/plumbing company. Really nothing out of the ordinary.
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RE: White "Dorms" At LHR?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:30 pm

Yea, as crosschecked said, there is even a car company there, though it looked closed the last time i was at LHR
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RE: White "Dorms" At LHR?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:12 pm

From that height those buildings look reasonably modern but up close they're pretty old and tired. Probably wrong about this but I think they actually date from just after WW2. As stated above and backing up my idea about how old and decrepit these buildings are, they're not very desirable - airconditioning company, heating / plumbing company etc sounds about right.
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RE: White "Dorms" At LHR?

Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:19 pm

I know if I worked in the 2-storey one, a little "sun"-deck would have been built on the roof by now. Nice view!!  Smile
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RE: White "Dorms" At LHR?

Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:05 am

As has been said, there is nothing special in them, they are all just ancilliary businesses connected to the airport, just small independent companys that probably cannot afford to be in anything better as property rental close to the airport is very expensive.

They have been around for a good 50+ years or so.

I like them - they were probably a really important part of the airport back when it was built and kind of add a little bit of history and nostalga to the place. They are very typical of buildings built around airfields/airbases around the time of WW2

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