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Multistorey carparks (MSCPs) are to be found in most towns and cities; there are over 4000 in the UK alone. They have tended to have a low profile, until 27 March 1997 when there was a partial collapse of the roof at Piper’s Row MSCP in Wolverhampton. M.P. Webster
The collapse caused fatalities and injuries, and was the subject of a criminal prosecution. The collapse was caused by similar conceptual misunderstandings on the part of the designers and the independent checkers. The primary causes are explained and non-causative actions, omissions and events, which were put to the jury, are discussed. The principal issue before the jury was whether and under what circumstances a port operator is responsible for the mistakes of his engineering advisers and suppliers. Also, there was prolonged legal argument on the meaning of ‘reasonably practicable’ and ‘on whether ,design was part of the owner’s ‘undertaking’. J.C. Chapman
AS we have previously announced the Government of New South Wales has accepted the tender of Messrs. Dorman, Long & Co., Ltd., of Middlesbrough for the construction of the North Shore Bridge over Sydney Harbour. We have now the pleasure to present the accompanying illustration showing the bridge ,as it will appear when completed.