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Mr. D. R. R. Dick (F): One of the subjects which interests me is insurance cover which is not merely cover for the contractors and sub-contractors, but for the client and the
professional people as well, all under one policy.
After a brief introduction, the reasons are described for setting up LUCID, a joint venture between Loughborough University and over 100 firms in the construction industry, whose aim is to reduce detailing costs. A general discussion of standard
details is followed by a description of LUCID standard details and an outline of the overall project development plan. A description of the first, or manual, phase of LUCID to be introduced into design offices is followed by an outline of the possible plans for the future computer phase. Some factors which influence the form of design and detailing systems are then examined and the relationship between LUCID and
other systems is described. Development and operating costs are indicated, and the final section estimates the savings in detailing costs that can be expected from the manual phase.
The Halifax Building Society, the largest in the world, commissioned the authors' firm in January 1968 to design their new head office in the town of Halifax. The project, now completed is perhaps one of the most sophisticated office buildings yet constructed in the UK, being one of the first buildings to be equipped with a fully automated electronic filing and retrieval system. The main office accommodation is at high level, and the building is air-conditioned throughout all working areas, using a heat recovery method. The design and construction of the structural aspects of the building are described in the paper.
W.E.W. Brook and H. Halsall