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Much smoke but still no concrete fire tests


Sir, A number of misleading impressions may have been given in the recent letter (Construction News, December 1) from Steve Elliott of the British Association of Reinforcement.

The letter is part of an antisteel publicity campaign. Recent adverts by BAR can best be described as absurd. In one steel was likened to jelly.

Should the steel industry respond with an advert featuring a house of cards to signify the problems at the West India Quay hotel and Bournemouth's Castlepoint car park (News, December 8)?

This sort of nonsense does not help the industry make judgments on competing materials and is an attempt to distract from the real issue, which is concrete's failure to perform adequately in fire tests.

When will the concrete sector carry out the programme of tests that it promised before the first test in 2001 went so wrong? If concrete frame construction is so well understood in fire, why were six fullscale fire tests planned in the first place?

The concrete lobby's advertising campaign is a smokescreen to disguise the shortcomings of its research.

Alan Todd General manager Corus Construction & Industrial Scunthorpe North Lincolnshire