Radio Transmitting Station
People:William Hood GRANT: Architect
(SAB Mar 1933:33; AB&E Feb 1934:16, 17, 19)
CAPE TOWN's new Radio Transmitting Station is a handsome modern building standing on fine open ground on the Milnerton-Ascot Road. It is modernistic in design, built of good wire-cut bricks and comprises a main machine hall; speech control rooms; store rooms and water-cooling tower. Some of. the features of the building are, the roof of reinforced concrete covered with cork grading and malthoid, which makes for a cool roof in summer and warm building in the winter, as the cork acts as insulator. The speech control room is rendered entirely sound-proof, the height of the main hall is over 20 feet (6.1m).
The setting out of the foundations and pits for cables, a very intricate matter in construction, has proved entirely successful.
A neat arrangement which enables three lots of windows to be opened or shut at the same time is accomplished by turning a crank handle.
A feeder house built of reinforced concrete with special insulating leads is part of the scheme. The floor is laid in parquet blocks on concrete screening.
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