Author: Lee, D J
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Lee, D J
Long-term reform of building legislation 5. The Institutions do not propose to argue here the adequacy of the general procedure for building regulation laid down under the Public Health Acts. At another time they will be glad to make suggestions for the amendment of this legislation, but those suggestions must be related to the date when revised legislation is likely to be brought into operation, and must be framed with knowledge of the extent of local government reform and of the resources available.
The Minister of Housing and Local Government formally laid before Parliament on 5 February the Building (Fifth Amendment) Regulations 1970. These regulations, if approved, will come into operation on 1 April 1970 but will not apply to work that was: (a) completed before the date of the coming into operation of these regulations; or (b) completed after that date in accordance with plans deposited with the local authority before that date, with or without any departure or deviation from those plans.
Analytical and experimental studies have been carried out at Imperial College into various aspects of limit state design when applied to highway bridges. To obtain an indication of the inherent load factors against the various appropriate limit states, three typical bridges were theoretically investigated. The predicted load factors were compared with those proposed for use with new design procedures. Dr. A.R. Flint and L.S. Edwards