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This paper examines in general and critical terms the standards required and achievable in the rehabilitation of old buildings in the context of present political and economic policies. It looks at the requirements of Statutory Regulations, in particular those concerned with fire protection, thermal and acoustic insulation, and illustrates some of the problems in achieving acceptable standards by examining the requirements for a possible new system of lightweight concrete flooring which might be of use in rehabilitation work. Geoffrey Spyer
With the new format of The Structural Engineer now into its second month, Professor A. Bolton offers some apt comments on its contents and the criticisms that these should be more lively and readable. He writes: At the Extraordinary General Meeting views were expressed that The Structural Engineer should be made brighter from a journalistic point of view and that papers should be published which were of interest to all our members rather than to a few with research interests in that particular topic. Verulam
The paper describes the construction of the former Queen Anne 's Mansions and outlines some of the legal encounters of its builder. A brief outline of the site investigation and its conclusions are given and the conditions around the boundary and how they were dealt with are described. The principles of the framing are explained and areas of particular complexity described. Extensive use was made of precast concrete for complex profiles and a brief description of some of the panels is given. A new technique for assembling stone panels is described together with details of the principle units embodying these techniques. G.K. Montgomery-Smith