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The risks to human life in buildings arising from structural inadequacy are very low,
especially compared with those now accepted in other fields such as transport. Nonetheless, the Institution supports the philosophy underlying the Building Regulations which were framed as part of successive Public Health Acts, i.e. the maintenance of health and safety for the public. This report deals with the structural
engineering aspects of the Building Regulations and also with the broader question of
building control as it affects the structural engineer. The present position is that building control is vested in the State acting through the local authorities. Recently, the Secretary of State has postulated that responsibility for structural safety should be returned to the developer and any subsequent owner, who would be required to assume this responsibility by means of any necessary insurance against third-party claims on matters relating to public health and safety.
This paper is concerned with a prestige office building on one of the most aesthetically sensitive sites in the City of Cardiff civic centre. The design and construction of the conventional reinforced concrete frame and three-storey basement have been outlined.
W.C. Haines, E.M. O'Leary and H.J.M. Watkins
In recent months a great deal has been written about the reduction of snow loads on large areas of roofs, and it now seems clear that the reduction is in conformity with the intentions of CP 3: Chapter V. Mr. C. S. Westbrook adds to these comments:
With reference to Mr. W. G. Ellis’s comments in the November issue, I too am aware that certain commercial organisations are interpreting the anomoly in CP 3: Chapter V: Part 1: Loading to their advantage and not in the interest of their clients, or what I feel was anticipated within the formulation of the Code.