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President’s diary The President and Mrs Akroyd will receive some 600 members and their guests at the Annual Dinner of the Institution in London on Thursday 13 May. Mr A. Montague Alfred, recently-appointed Chief Executive of the Property Services Agency, DOE, will propose the toast to the Institution, to which Mr Akroyd is to respond. The President-Elect, Clifford Evans, will propose a toast ‘The Guests’, to which Mr Bill Cox, President BCSA, is to reply.
When timber trussed rafters were first introduced in the UK some 16 years ago, they were constructed to span tables produced by the Princes Risborough Laboratory from a programme of tests on prototype units. The resulting roof constructions, as well as using the materials efficiently, have been shown by time to be satisfactory in service. Phillip O'Reece
Loadbearing walls-fire resistance In February of this year we published a letter from Mr A. R. Bundy, drawing our attention to the fact that different Codes of Practice lay down varying requirements for the amount of reinforcement. Mr John Davis now writes: I would refer Mr Bundy to the discussions at the Jubilee Conference of the Institution’s Midland Counties Branch ‘Structural design for fire resistance’, September 1975. Verulam