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The CHAIRMAN proposed a vote of thanks to the Author and invited discussion on the paper.
After thanking the Branch for doing him the honour of electing him their Chairman, and reviewing the improvement in the strength of the Branch since the war, Professor Matheson continued as follows:- " Now I must turn to the main part of my task, which is to deliver a Chairman's Address. It is one of the happiest traditions of this Branch that these affairs should be brief, and this is one of those traditions which it is a pleasure to conform to.
The subject largely deals with the constructional work below ground level for a heavy-type structure that has recently been erected in the City of London. Like so many buildings in this area, the site is extremely confined and is hemmed in on two of its flanks by property of a similar nature. The text is mainly devoted to the practical aspects of some of the more interesting foundation and underpinning problems that are peculiar to buildings in the densely built-up areas. In such projects working space is very limited and, due to this, all design considerations are inseparable from the constructional aspect. Frederick W. Slatter and Arthur Brown