Planning and post-war reconstruction

The physical impact of war of British towns, cities and landscapes created opportunities for adding to and improving existing knowledge on the construction of buildings as well as rethinking the design and planning of road systems and town and city layouts.

Engineers grasped these opportunities leading to a national network of motorways, the promotion of electricity in the home and safer buildings to name a few.

Pre-war research combined with the benefits of motorways demonstrated during the war led to the design of a national motorway network.

Bomb damage to buildings allowed Civil Engineers to consider how they could make future buildings safer.

Considerable re-building was required post-war and the role of electricity in domestic homes was much debated.

The destruction of British towns and cities provided an opportunity for planners to consider improvements to town and city planning.