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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
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
A distinction is drawn between the assessment of a building which shows evidence of inadequacy and one in which a change of use is intended. Matters are suggested which should be considered in an investigation and comment is offered on where load testing may be inappropriate. Attention is drawn to the distincfion between the design of a new building and the assessment for strength of an existing one and to the need to be satisfied on adequacy for purpose rather than to conformity Codes. Finally importance is placed on the need for engineering judgement to give due weight to significant but not readily quantified factors. D.F. Evans