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Mr P. Beckman (F)
I congratulate the authors on producing a readable and concise paper on such a complex project. Converting or restoring an existing building can often pose a greater challenge to the structural engineer than a ‘fanciful’ hitech new structure. In the latter case, the architect’s or the engineer’s fancy can be modified, if necessary; with an existing structure, you have to deal with facts!
Masonry is one of man's oldest building materials, its use stretching back for thousands of years. In about 2200 BC, when the Tower of Babel was being constructed, the writer informs us that the builders used brick instead of stone and tar instead of mortar, from which it is evident that masonry construction using stone and mortar was already well established as a building technique at that time. Since these ancient times, the basic principles of masonry construction have hardly altered, although there have been changes to the building and production processes and to the philosophy of masonry construction.
First, a very happy new year to all readers and, above all, to the many contributors who provided such a varied harvest in 2000. All power to those elbows, whether wielding pen or mouse, for 2001 Verulam looks forward to receiving your further thoughts or queries. There is currently a backlog of contributions, so correspondants may need to be patient. Verulam is trying to melt the Editor’s flinty heart for a little more space, so here‘s hoping!