Two children in a playground outside a block of Jespersen flats at Pooles Park, Islington, Greater London Authority

In 1963 John Laing plc bought the rights to a Danish building system for flats known as ‘Jespersen’ or 'Jesperson'. The flats were built using prefabricated or ready-made parts and precast concrete panels. This saved time and money in a decade when house building reached a post-Second World War peak. Many tower blocks were built during the 1960s and early 1970s, as demand for homes increased. Home ownership grew in the 1960s, and by the end of the decade there were as many homeowners as their were renters in Britain.


Greater London Islington


1970s (1970 - 1979)



1970s (1970 - 1979) buildings people children estate flat playground playing prefabricated laing