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Five huge transfer girders, the largest of which weighs 25t, are an unusual feature of University College London’s new Institute of Cancer Research Facility.

The girders, installed during late January and early February, form part of over 600t of structural steelwork supplied by Bourne Steel for the new six-storey, £19.5M building in Huntley Street. The girders are sited within the basement and are required to span across an existing plant room below, carrying loads from columns supporting the building above.

They direct loads into piled foundations installed around the plant room. The unusual configuration was designed by structural engineer Buro Happold.

The steelwork was fabricated in Bourne Steel’s heavy lifting facility in Poole, Dorset. The contract with main contractor Shepherd Construction also includes the supply, delivery and erection of metal decking and precast concrete floor planks.

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