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The attention of members is drawn to the item ‘Building Regulations’ that appears in Institution Notes on page 270. The following is the full text of the consultative paper issued by the Department of the Environment on which the views of the nstitution have been invited by 20 September. The Council wish to have observations from all members interested, not only on the proposals but whether, if private certification under the Building Regulations was introduced as outlined, they would themselves be available, at the request of the client, to become ‘the certifier’.
The paper documents the design of First City Tower, Houston, Texas, which incorporates steel and concrete in six combinations to give a composite building. The design concepts and details employed have resulted in economy of the total building cost by reducing the tonnage of steel used in the structural frame and by speeding the erection process. Auxiliary studies (wind tunnel, dynamics, (he monitoring of building settletnent and column length shortening) are described. B. S. Taranath
Surface transport systems are big users of land. The exclusive use of land for transport in urban areas can create large, sterile spaces and yet this land is potentially very valuable. The construction of the mass transit railway in Hong Kong has provided a number of opportunities for integrated development. This paper describes such a development at Tsuen Wan where a township of 20 000 people was established above the maintenance workshops and stabling yards of the mass transit railway. The initial planning concept is described and details are given of the design and construction of the main depot building and the residential tower blocks. In particular, details are given of the wind tunnel test carried out on the superstructure, and the structural analysis of the reinforced concrete shear wall structures of the residential blocks. John Burrows and David Croft John Burrows and David Croft