Author: Clark, L A;Thorogood, P
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Clark, L A;Thorogood, P
Recommended foundation depths in shrinkable clays A letter from Mr G. A. H. Trollope on 18 January questioned the adequacy of a BRE recommendation on minimum foundation depths on sites without trees in that it did not, in his opinion, allow sufficiently for problems possibly arising because of newly planted trees over the likely lifetime of the property. Letters on 15 March from Richard Driscoll of BRE and from Mr J. S. Tari challenged the practicability of such a requirement, but Mr Trollope received support in his contention from Mr R. E. Hedges (19 April) in that owners, ignorant of the factors involved, would inevitably be very likely to plant trees that could cause trouble. The argument is pursued further by Stan Lawrence, from Brighton, who offers a possible means of overcoming the dilemma: Mr Driscoll and Mr Tari have both presented sound cases proving how uneconomical and unreasonable it would be to introduce the suggested ‘ideal’ proposals of Mr Trollope and Mr Hedges which ensured that all buildings built on shrinkable clays would never be damaged by foundation problems relating to adjacent trees. Verulam
Hines Meadow multistorey carpark is located in the town centre of Maidenhead and provides 700 spaces on 10 parking levels. Commissioned by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, this development combines an unusual inclined front elevation with high quality finishes to make a very attractive landmark (see Fig I). P.W. Thompson and A.S. Yates
Mr Peter Campbell (Past President) You have rightly drawn attention to the enthusiasm and dedication of all the people involved that produced a fine solution to the problem, but I suspect that the client had a special role in this particular project. All too frequently the client is a remote person who contributes very little, and I suspect that Stuart Lipton and his team played a very major role in the whole thing. Could you tell us a little more about the actual way in which they did contribute, and perhaps the drive they engendered in the whole of the design process that resulted in the adopted solution.