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Verulam

Mr. Gordon Rose's dilemma in establishing the capacity of load-bearing walls of old buildings to the satisfaction of Authority (April) has drawn further comment; Mr. Stephen Revesz (F) considers it is timely to air this issue and offers practical, commonsense suggestions drawn from experience. He writes: We have had to deal with similar problems when converting existing buildings. In most cases the floors were found to be just adequate for domestic loading (1.5 kN/m2) but had been in use as offices for a considerable number of years. The owners had controlled storage of papers or office machinery to avoid overloading by commonsense. Verulam