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Mr B. P. Clancy (Past President)
May I ask, have you any evidence as to how your father and his partners actually calculated their fees? We see expenditure, we see a small loss. They were obviously very impressive buildings with a good standard of engineering. You said that, at the end of the first year or two, your father had virtually earned a salary equivalent only to one he had been earning with one of his earlier employers.
Imposed loads for buildings
Lawrence Hurst writes from London:
MS Currie’s paper on the loading Code in the 16 February issue of The Structural Engineer prompts me to revert to a matter that was incongruous when the loads were in different Codes and now stands out even more as being inconsistent.
The development of masonry-clad steel framed buildings took place in the UK during the first half of the 20th Century. This period marked the departure of traditional load-bearing masonry and the evolution of modern high-rise office blocks and medium-rise commercial buildings. From 1910-1940 the advantages of steel-frame construction techniques were rapidly exploited and large numbers of buildings were constructed in all major cities and towns of the UK. Due to the importance of this era and the often decorative style of early masonry many buildings are now listed or located within conservation areas.
Peter Gibbs and Zia Chaudhary