Work has recently been completed on the restoration of Block C at Bletchley Park, World War Two home of the UK’s codebreaking operations. Block C now houses the visitors centre and introductory exhibitions and features Factorylux vintage industrial lighting products.
Block C at Bletchley park was built in 1941 to house the Hollerith punch-card machines which were used to process data from the German Enigma codes. The building was Grade II listed in 2012 because of its historical significance – its role in the development and use of machinery for mass data processing. The utilitarian structure is a steel framed ‘spider block’ single storey building. The walls of the main connecting corridor and the wings which project from it are of brick with reinforced a cambered concrete slab roofs covered in asphalt.
By the time restoration of the building started in 2013, there were trees growing through the roofs. The restoration included removing the post-war alterations and some painstaking restoration of the wartime features including the acoustic ceiling tiles, radiators, Crittall windows and granolithic floor.
A range of Factorylux light fixtures and fittings were specified for the restoration, including the classic green enamel industrial lamp shades, rows of which are used in the Block C visitors centre. The lamps shades are authentic vintage industrial lighting – they are faithful recreations of a design widely used in offices, workshop and factories in the early to mid-20th century. The shades are made entirely – spinning, enamelling and finishing – in the UK for exceptional quality. The shades are perfect for the 1940s utilitarian style of Block C.
All the Factorylux vintage industrial lamp shades are available individually or as complete pendant lights designed using the Factorylux Made For You bespoke lighting service. Design the perfect light for a room or space from hundreds of components and it’s built, tested and certified to BS EN 60598 at our UK production HQ in West Yorkshire. All the pendant lights are dispatched for next working day delivery ready for safe and simple installation.