Manual for the design of plain masonry in building structures (Second edition)

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Post publication note: Since publication of this second edition, British Standards have been replaced by Eurocodes. While this Manual has continued relevance as a reference source for engineers involved in the refurbishment of buildings designed to British Standards, it is neither updated by the Institution, nor recommended as a guide for new design.


Since the publication of the first edition (1997) a number of amendments have been made to BS5628 parts 1 and 3; the underpinning British standards to this manual. As such, this second edition refers to the editions of these codes (BS5628-1, 2001 and BS5628-3, 2002) that were current at the time of this edition's publication.

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Post publication note: Since publication of this second edition, British Standards have been replaced by Eurocodes. While this Manual has continued relevance as a reference source for engineers involved in the refurbishment of buildings designed to British Standards, it is neither updated by the Institution, nor recommended as a guide for new design.


Since the publication of the first edition (1997) a number of amendments have been made to BS5628 parts 1 and 3; the underpinning British standards to this manual. As such, this second edition refers to the editions of these codes (BS5628-1, 2001 and BS5628-3, 2002) that were current at the time of this edition's publication. In view of the phased introduction of BS EN (CEN) product standards for masonry and the withdrawal of the conflicting and existing British standards, this revision includes references to both sets of standards and covers the interim period where both sets of standards apply. References to BS EN standards have been included where appropriate. The manual is intended for use by structural engineers in the preparation of structural design calculations and covers the following design stages:

  • Choice of structural form
  • Choice of materials
  • General principles of limit-state design for masonry walls and columns
  • Design of loadbearing masonry
  • Details and construction

    The opportunity has also been taken to update certain sections - to include masonry movement and mortar specification.


  • Additional Information

    Format A5
    ISBN 0 901297 35 6
    Number of pages 86
    Publication date January 2005
    Publisher IStructE Ltd
    Author The Institution of Structural Engineers