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I'm developing a Victorian flat (UK) the moment and there's a room that I wanted to clear out but there appears to be a load-bearing support beam with a concrete support pad at the base...I'm wondering at the bricks surrounding the concrete pad though. Are they decorative or were they used simply to create the seating for the wet concrete? You can see the support column and the bricks running along the concrete at the base.

  • Can I take the bricks out?
  • Is there a space saving structural alternative to the concrete pad at the base of the column?

Pad with bricks

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    Right now you don't even know whether that concrete pad & brick ring have anything to do with the support post (column) at all. Quite possibly the brick stack continues down to the floor or below. Other than bashing away at the concrete, there may be no way to determine this. The pad might have been put in for some unrelated reason. – Carl Witthoft Aug 31 '20 at 15:27
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    For that matter, I would get a licensed structural engineer in to have a look. Maybe the entire column is unnecessary, or maybe there's an internal pipe or chimney doing something completely different. – Carl Witthoft Aug 31 '20 at 15:28
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    maybe it's a sealed entrance into the dungeon ... lol – jsotola Aug 31 '20 at 23:21

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