3. Banbury Road, 1970 to 1975

In 1970, houses 17 and 19 Banbury Road were occupied by the Computing Service which had sp[lit from the Computing Laboratory. A new computer building was completed in the “tongue” area between Banbury and Woodstock Roads behind 17 and 19. This is now the Thames Suite of lecture rooms. All together they provided space for the ICL 1906A computer, its ancillary equipment, all Computing Service staff and some thinking and library space for users. 15 Banbury Road was added in 1971.

By 1975, the Computing Service had taken over all the houses in the block and occupied numbers 7 to 19 as it does today. A second extension was started in the car park behind numbers 7 to 13 and became what is now called the machine room or computer room. Work continued for several years on converting the interiors. For example, adding connecting corridors.

Rear of Banbury Road houses before building work
Figure 12. Rear of Banbury Road houses before building work
Gardens behind Banbury Road houses, with two abandoned cars before building work
Figure 13. Gardens behind Banbury Road houses, with two abandoned cars before building work
Starting to clear the gardens
Figure 14. Starting to clear the gardens
Diggers, trucks - the heavy equipment moves in
Figure 15. The heavy equipment moves in
Gardens with some foundations in place
Figure 16. Gardens with some foundations in place
Steelwork is started
Figure 17. Steelwork is started
Close up of foundations
Figure 18. Close up of foundations
General view of the building site
Figure 19. General view of the building site
The outside of the completed extension taken June 2007
Figure 20. The outside of the completed extension taken June 2007
Aerial view of OUCS, 7 to 19 Banbury Road showing extensions at the back
Figure 21. Aerial view of OUCS, 7 to 19 Banbury Road showing extensions at the back

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