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Poul Beckmann , Robert Bowles
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26 Jun 2004 0750657332 978-0750657334 2
This practical guide to the assessment and repair of historic buildings is invaluable for structural engineers, architects, surveyors and builders working in all aspects of building conservation. Taking a practical step-by-step approach, the authors discuss the appraisal of buildings and the differences in structural behaviour between new and existing structures. Each stage in the appraisal is explained, using examples from the authors' own work.

Each major construction material is assessed in detail, with separate sections on masonry, concrete, timber and the particularly complex issues of iron and steel framed buildings. Techniques for testing the ability of a building to continue its existing use or to be converted to a new use are explained.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (26 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750657332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750657334
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is essentially practical, giving valuable advice on procedures and inspections and reporting in subsequent takes a great deal of thought to find simple and eleegant solutions to complex problems but Beckmann has shown it can be done.
Sir Bernard Feilden

Strongly recommended for practicing engineers, architects, contractors, historical preservation societies; and university library collections supporting architecture and engineering curricula. - E-STREAMS Vol. 8, No. 8 - August 2005

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Robert Bowles joined the Practice in 1977 and became a Partner in 1984He is in charge of the work being undertaken at the Palace of Westminster, where the Practice act as Term Consultant on a broad range of alterations and repairs. Other historic buildings, he is responsible for, include the Tower of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hampton Court Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral, where he is assisting Alan Baxter in his role as consulting Engineer to the Dean and Chapter. He coordinates the Practice's overall approach on our advice to Westminster City Council. Here we advise on the structural engineering issues arising out of planning applications by others to alter or demolish historic buildings, or to redevelop sites adjacent to them.Previous work with historic buildings has included the award-winning New Concordia Wharf on the River Thames, where he was responsible for an innovative approach to fire engineering which enabled the retention of the exposed timber floors. His experience with historic buildings was recognised when he was invited to be principal author for the CIRIA publication, Structural Renovation of Traditional Buildings.Robert Bowles has also worked on numerous new-build commercial and residential schemes throughout the United Kingdom for both the private and the public sectors. These include the new 100,000ft2 headquarters of the Skipton Building Society in Yorkshire and a façade retention office scheme in Central London which sits above Green Park station on the London Underground.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Old building, Old bloke, Good Book 27 Aug 2009
I bought this book because we had just purchased an 1835 Somerset cottage built with random stone and rubble walls in need of refurbishment. As a novice, I was looking for a reference, or starter about the structural aspects of buildings that I could understand and relate to when talking to builders and other professionals. Although the section relating to the type of construction in which I am interested is quite small, the book is definitely a good and interesting read. This is not a heavy weight treatise but does address most forms of historical construction - wood, masonary, iron and steel. I now find I look at buildings quite differently, what holds it up, how is the weight distributed and why do those cracks appear !! - good stuff and a good book. I gave it four stars because I am pathologically incapable of giving five for anything.
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