Town Planning Review

People, planning and place: The roles of client and consultants in reconstructing post-war Bilston and Dudley

Town Planning Review (2006), 77, (5), 557–582.

Abstract

An ongoing reappraisal of post-war reconstruction is reviewing the contribution of the high-profile external consultants who were involved in so many reconstruction plans. This paper uses the example of Bilston and Dudley, small and unbombed towns in the English Midlands, to explore the roles of the client, the local authority, and the consultants involved in replanning. Unusually the client is represented by the Town Clerk, a lawyer, who identified and invited a wide range of eminent experts to design innovative housing areas. Principal among these was the academic architect Professor Sir Charles Reilly. The failure of these proposals results principally from the departure of the Town Clerk and the refusal of central government to sanction expenditure on ground reclamation and expensive technical innovations.

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Larkham, Peter