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20 Years Ago: Waterloo International trial roof erection

The successful trial erection of a bay of the roof for BR’s £120 million Waterloo International Terminal has been carried out at Wetherby, Yorkshire.

The first abseiling tests were successfully completed over the high-tech structure on Wednesday, 23 October. The roof, when erected on site, will be 400 metres in length and have 35 bays. Designed by architects Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, the roof will be the crowning glory of the new terminal which will become the new ‘Gateway to Europe”. Structural Engineers are YRM Anthony Hunt & Associates, and steelwork contractors Westbury Tubular Structures plc.

The whole roof comprises two and a half acres of stainless steel and two acres of glass.

Taken from Steel Construction, December 1991.

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