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To the Editor of The Structural Engineer. Sir,-Our attention has been drawn to a paper entitled “Casing Piles, Damaged by Marine Worms, in Reinforced Concrete and Other Repairs at Swanage Pier,” by Major F. M. DuPlat Taylor, read before the members of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and published in the May issue of The Structural Engineer.
By the courtesy of Messrs. Dorman Long & Co., Ltd., Mr. Joseph Emberton, the architect, and Sir James Carmichael, on behalf of the contractors, a large party of the members of the Institution of Structural Engineers took advantage of the invitation which had been extended to them to visit the new building at Olympia, on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 16.
Rebuilding on sites already occupied is a, common enough experience nowadays and the problems in connection with the design and ccnstruction of the foundations are often numerous and interesting. Sites in congested areas of towns, and bounded by party walls with soil of low bearing value are, of course, the most difficult to deal with. The question as to how much, if any, of the existing foundations can economically be utilised has to be considered, but in the majority of cases, as new buildings are both considerably higher and deeper than formerly, the increased loads on the foundations usually make it unnecessary to seriously consider this question. T.F. Burns