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Hello All,
I am a recent new buyer and member.
I would like to take down the internal downstairs wall for complete open plan. Obviously I will need to meet fire safety regs, etc, and will contact building control first.
Would anyone know if the central internal wall is supporting any of the upper structure? I have stripped back the fireplace to the steel flue and frame and can see a steel beam at ceiling height in the wall. I wonder if there are any steel uprights vertical to it from the ground?
It would be useful to know before I get the inspector around.

Regards and thanks for any advice, Chris

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Hi and welcome Chris. If it helps, the stanchion closest to the party wall is about half way between the flue position and the double door opening between the living room and dining room. I have not removed this wall but did expose it while reboarding. I found no sign of the other stanchion, so I believe it is right in the corner next to the hallway/kitchen door and should not be a problem. From memory the stanchion is a C-section roughly 10 x 7 cm so pretty small.

Ed

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In this last image of the BISF House frame under construction, you can clearly see the vertical support stanchions (struts), there are four in total for the entire house with two in each side of the semi detached property.bisf internal strut stanchion

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The image above perhaps best illustrates the support struts as here they have only been clad in the very minimal of fabric to provide an open plan feel. Other owners have used different methods to incorporate the supports as shown in the next image.open plan bisf house

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Hello Chris, Warmest of welcomes to you as a new member of our community.
It’s always good to hear new members undertaking renovation projects. Your question does indeed pop up here from time to time.
In short, yes there are two vertical support struts located inside the middle wall of the property. These are the only inner supporting struts for the main central supporting beam of the house and should not be removed. Various owners use different methods to incorporate these into the room. I have attached a couple of images below for you. I hope this helps.openplan

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