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Buildings have always been the result of labour and materials applied with enterprise and this has changed little since the Middle Ages the principal source of building materials remains the ground and plants growing from it. While labour has always been mobile, the materials in any building...
This type of house was usually erected by developers or builders for sale when completed. They often infilled areas of bomb damage in suburban locations, or were situated on the new estates that sprang up after the last war one hopes it was the last war. They are very rarely models of immaculate...
Underground space is a valuable commodity no less valuable because it is largely unseen. This space is especially valuable in towns and cities where land values are at a premium. The need for a study of these tracts below street level is becoming increasingly urgent, if only to assess the true...
It is well known that the power of a party wall surveyor appointed under the London Building Acts Amendment Act 1939, is great indeed. He can, by his award, bind his appointing owner to times and methods of working indeed to works themselves and that award cannot be questioned once 14 days have...
Introduction The Housing and Building Control Bill had reached the House of Lords when the general election intervened. It was reintroduced to the new Parliament almost unamended and it is now at Committee stage again. There are unlikely to be any major changes and it is expected to reach the...
Introduction The Victorian engineers built literally miles of mass brickwork retaining walls. Such walls relied on their dead weight to resist the overturning forces and tensile stresses caused by the retained earth, or other material. But the walls were of relatively massive thickness,...
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