Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Lynher House was the first of the three 16-storey blocks of flats to be completed and was officially declared open by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Alderman H M Pattinson, on Monday December 16th 1963.  In his speech the Lord Mayor declared: "They cannot become slums unless the people in them make them slums and the citizens of Plymouth will be proud to love in these new homes.  They will make their hones delightful and beautiful".

Mr H E Hunt, managing director of the contractors, Messrs Dudley Coles Ltd, then presented a stainless steel tea set to the couple who had been selected to become the "first tenants", Mr and Mrs S G Short, of Rothesay Gardens, Crownhill.  They would be moving into their two-bedroom flat on the eighth floor early in January 1964.  Six new families would be moved in each day.  Lynher House had 30 bed-sit flats as well as 30 one-bedroom and 30 two-bedroom apartments.  The basement provided room for 30 cars.  Each floor took ten working days to complete.  Each of the two lifts calls at alternate floors.

All three blocks were designed by Messrs Kenneth Wakeford, Jerram and Harris, of Bristol, and built by local contractors, Messrs Dudley Coles Ltd at a contract price of 734,000.  They are each 47.20 metres tall.  Bricks were supplied by the Western Counties Brick Company Ltd, from the Honicknowle Brick Works, and the limestone blocks for the walls of the lowest floors and reinforced concrete for the remainder came from Messrs ECC Quarries Ltd at Plymstock.  Messrs Pannell Plant Ltd, of Plymstock, supplied the construction plant and Messrs Guest, Keen and Nettlefold (South Wales) Ltd supplied the reinforcing steel bars.  The flats were heated by warm air supplied by the South Western Gas Board and were wired for radio and television by Messrs Rediffusion (South West) Ltd.

Lynher House, which is officially numbers 22 to 200 Curtis Street, has been re-clad and is now partly coloured green.