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The news item on fire problems in buildings (aj 15.7.99) should not have suggested that it was the drylining system of buildings that posed a potential problem. The fault identified by Hammerton Associates was the existence of open connections between beam encasement and column encasements, and of beam penetrations to external walls. Where these have not been fire- stopped they can allow movement of air as in a conduit.

Sir Colin Stansfield Smith and Chris Cross attended a meeting at the dfee at the request of the Stansfield Smith Review of Architectural Education Steering Group, not Helen Mallinson and Leonie Milliner, as reported in Astragal (aj 15.7.99).

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