The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 51 (1973) > Issues > Issue 4 > Discussion on The Connaught Centre, Hong Kong by W.E.A. Skinner
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Discussion on The Connaught Centre, Hong Kong by W.E.A. Skinner

Mr. C. B. Stone (F): I like the idea of making the external wall do its job. We can fall readily into the trap in high buildings-in assuming that the central core will take the wind load; undoubtedly it will resist it, but before it takes the load a lot of the stresses are likely to be forced into the external perimeter of our 10-storey, 15-storey and 20-storey buildings in London. I think we are suffering now from perimeter walls not being designed to take forces that come about from the comparatively small wind loads in London; and we all know about vertical shrinkage problems which are also affecting cladding, whether it be brickwork or a precast unit. The extreme conditions in Hong Kong have fortunately forced us to recognize this problem.