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Buttresses

Buttresses are support structures built against a wall where the wall cannot support itself sufficiently on its own. Used extensively on churches and cathedrals flying buttresses are used to counter the loading and outward thrust of the roof on supporting walls.

With the advent of structural steel in modern buildings and the requirement for space saving and cost cutting, buttresses are now seldom used. They still have their place in the building regime where ancient buildings and walls have to be preserved and prevented from falling or where a building design calls for a feature of this type to be added, more for aesthetical reason than a supporting role.


Buttress This buttress was added to a newly built wing to match an existing building, giving continuity and symmetry to the overall project.
Buttress Full view of the new wing, in Englefield Green.
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