MAKE WAY FOR STEEL

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Places:

  • Lanarkshire

Subjects:

  • Construction and engineering
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Science and technology
  • Transport

Genres:

  • Documentary
  • Sponsored

People/organisations:

  • RIDDELL-BLACK, Robert
  • Films of Scotland Committee
  • Templar Films

Decade:

  • 1960s

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Title: MAKE WAY FOR STEEL

Reference number: 2244

Date: 1966

Sponsor: Films of Scotland and Colvilles Ltd.

Production company: Templar Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 29.06 mins

Description: The construction of Ravenscraig and Gartcosh steel works.

Credits: w. & p. Riddell Black

Shotlist: Reel 1
Opening credits superimposed on general views of finished rolled steel being stored ready for transport (.37) c/u of the molten steel being poured into a vat (.58) wide shot of molten steel being rolled into sheet steel (1.18) c/u of sheet of steel being rolled into coils (1.31) wide shot of the steel works at Ravenscraig (1.54) c/u of the initial plans to expand the Ravenscraig works. Also shows construction programme for both Ravenscraig and Gartcosh (2.42) gvs of caterpillar bulldozers and other heavy goods vehicles/ building machinery excavating the site for the works (4.32) wide shot of the Ravenscraig site (4.53) wide shot of the Gartcosh site (5.17) gvs of men preparing and digging the special foundations for Ravenscraig. Men putting in steel piles to strengthen the foundations (6.23) gvs of men incorporating steel grout tubes into piles (6.37) gvs of men sealing the piles for leakage, also using cameras (7.43) wide shot of men carrying cement (7.58) gvs of concrete being poured into foundations and being pile-driven down (8.35) gvs of site with completed foundations (8.52) c/u of River Calder being bridged and diverted and made to flow through concrete culvert (9.18) gvs of men unloading and erecting the girders (11.00) wide shot of existing furnace and initial construction of two new furnaces (11.14) gvs of the two new furnaces being constructed (12.21) 1111ft

Reel 2
No credits. Wide shot of coke bunkers under construction. also shots of coke ovens at Ravenscraig (.39) general view of building around bunkers and of coke chimney (1.04) gvs of the works (1.15) At Gartcosh general views of basement site to hold oil reservoir. gvs of girders being put into place to construct mill (2.40) wide shot of Gartcosh mill nearing completion and shots of the foundations (3.15) gvs of Ravenscraig site nearing completion (3.44) gvs of men working on site, moving girders and generally completing construction at Ravenscraig (5.03) c/u of man surveying site. gvs of nearly completed site (5.19) 479ft

Reel 3
No credits. gvs of interior of works (.10) shots of manufacture of steel rolling machinery, test assembly of same, all at Sheffield (.48) transport by lorry of machinery to site. Congestion in town centre near site caused by lorries (2.05) Transport of machines by rail and sea (2.21) Installation of machinery onto work foundations (3.02) gvs of men aligning equipment during installation at Gartcosh (5.02) shots of main Ravenscraig plant, furnaces and oxidising plant and convertors (5.50) Ravenscraig site, buildings and machinery (6.23) On site machines used in rolling (6.51) gvs of water cooling equipment, River Calder being diverted into new steel works' water channel (7.43) Men constructing railways to and from the works and between Ravenscraig and Gartcosh (8.10) gvs of Gartcosh furnace (9.01) Shots of construction men finishing work and collecting pay slips (9.48) Shots of finished interior of Ravenscraig (10.09) c/u of men who will operate the works, and shots of equipment running (10.43) gvs of steel being processed into rolled steel (11.18) The End (11.26) 1030ft