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View of the Great West Road from the Iron Bridge, 1973

Peter Young took this photo on the 2nd May 1973 from the Iron Bridge, looking towards the Turriff HQ.

The twelve-storey Turriff Building was built in 1960 as the new London headquarters for the Turriff Construction Corporation. The Grace's Guide to Industrial History website includes a b/w photo of the newly completed building and notes 'associated companies' also had offices here.

A bit of Googling found an advert placed in The New Scientist in 1963
'C-E-I-R (UK) Ltd Require Mathematicians
C-E-I-R specializes in the use of large computers ... excellent opportunities have arisen for mathematicians with computer programming experience ... We have in mind a starting salary in the range of about 1,750 - 2,250. Benefits include a pension scheme, three weeks' annual holiday and opportunities for foreign travel.'
Applications were to be sent to the Personnel Manager, The Turriff Building, Great West Road, Brentford

This sounds a very generous wage, but computer science courses were few at the time. The starting salary for a trainee computer programmer 15 years later was around 3,250 in the midlands.

View of the Great West Road from the iron bridge

Full list of Peter's photos

Published August 2016