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IStructE sets rules for temporary structures

RESPONSIBILITY FOR design and erection of temporary structures has been shifted from client to contractor under new guidelines published by the Institution of Structural Engineers this week.

In the second edition of Temporary demountable structures: Guidance on design, procurement and use, the IStructE says clients need no longer employ independent engineers to check the integrity of the structures. Instead, clients should check only that they are employing a competent contractor.

The new guidance, which has taken around 18 months to produce, comes in response to criticism by suppliers that the original 1995 publication did not take into account all their needs.

The guidance, which was developed by the IStructE in conjunction with the Temporary Demountable Structures Implementation Monitoring Group, now covers a much wider range of structures in more detail, including temporary stages, tents and marquees.

The IStructE will be holding a oneday launch seminar on the 27 May at the IStructE in London. Contact Dr Susan Doran on (0171) 201 9110.

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