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Immediate Past President, ladies and gentlemen, members and guests of the Institution, it is both a great honour and a great pleasure to take office as President: when I started out on my professional career, it would have been inconceivable to imagine that, 30 years after graduation, I would have been elected to lead my chosen profession. I say this without any false modesty, and I have no doubts at all that the same sentiments would apply to any of my predecessors. It is doubly exciting for me to serve over the Millennium, not because of the symbolic significance of the date itself, but because of the large number of high quality, exciting projects that are being constructed or completed at this time which, I believe, will add significantly to the public perception of structural engineering (Fig 1).
I had decided more than a year ago to focus some of my
Mr P. L. Campbell (Past President)
In 1973, not long after the M & S structure was constructed, I was asked by the editor of New Scientist to write an article about the inherent dangers of demolishing ‘special’ structures (pre- and post-tensioned structures, nuclear and offshore installations, etc.), if full information concerning the original design were not available. I believe that such structures should have a plaque stating that they are ‘special’, and full design information should be retained in a central repository in perpetuity for reference by future generations. On the face of it this building had well-grouted tendons, space around it, a useful basement area, and a configuration that
suggests to me that demolition using explosives was an obvious option. Was this considered and, if so, why was it rejected?
The Queen’s Building at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, was completed in April 1995. It provides the college with a 170-seat auditorium, reading rooms, common rooms, and music practice rooms. The building features a stone perimeter frame, constructed from Ketton stone, an oolitic limestone extracted from the Ketton Quarry in Lincolnshire.
M.G.T. Dickson and G.R. Werran