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The Structural Engineer

LT.-COLONEL H. S. ROGERS (Past-President) said that the paper gave rise to interesting speculations, for it had suggested certain lines on which London should be rebuilt after the war. On the other hand, it might be thought at first sight that Mr. Cocking had attempted to throw a spanner into the works by suggesting that the buildings it was proposed to erect might not be needed for some time to come. Therefore, we should watch the position very carefully in the future in order to judge the conditions that were arising, especially if we continued to de-centralise, as was the trend at present. Our methods of dealing with food, and our transport system, were on lines absolutely different from those on which they were originally planned, One would not say that in regard to these matters we were in a state of chaos, because presumably the arrangements were getting into shape; but it would be difficult to bring our communications and trading arrangements back to the old lines. The whole subject was very wide, and could only be focussed and brought into shape by some very powerful central authority. Presumably the Government authorities were thinking along those lines; we had an entirely new Ministry of Works and Buildings, and presumably one of its functions ,was to plan.

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The Structural Engineer

The Swansea Main Drainage Scheme, of which the major portion was carried out between the years 1922 and 1938 at a total cost of some 13 million pounds, called for a considerable amount of structural work, including the screening house near the main outlet and seven pumping stations, besides the settling tanks, etc., dealing with the effluent from the north-west districts of the Borough. These districts are, for reason of economy of construction, sewered to the estuary north of Swansea, while the sewage from the remaining districts is collected ,by an 11 miles long main trunk sewer, discharging into the Bristol Channel at a point on the west side of Swansea Bay. K.G. Griffiths

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M R. J. L. MANSON (Member), proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Drury, said those who had been associated with him during the period of the preparation of this scheme had been impressed with his thoroughness and with the discipline he had imposed upon all who had worked with him. As a result there was little doubt that this scheme, as far as was possible in the difficult circumstances of the times was an excellent piece of work.

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