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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
Work has been going on for many years to produce a ‘suite’ of EuroCodes; the first public airing of the documents that have been prepared so far is soon to take place. (See post.) The beginnings of a set of harmonised recommendations for the design of structures were born of cooperation between several international associations, then preparing, in various ways, their own drafts. The Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) brought together the work of CEB, CIB, and CECM commissions to draft a set of six volumes as follows: