Around the Press: June 2010
6 May 2010
Heron tops out to tower over the capital
The steel structure gives the the north side of the building a distinctive look, with huge steel diagrids each spanning three floors emphasising the office ‘village’ inside.
Taking wing to suit building constraints
(Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital) An interesting element of the project, which has a total steel content of 3,700t, is how something as mundane as a window cleaning gantry, which runs the length of the wave-like facade at roof level, has been turned into a feature.
13 May 2010
Mabey/Bourne to target nuclear work
It is estimated each site will need 25,000 tonnes of structural steelwork, including traditional building steelwork, heavy plate work and pipework.
(London 2012 Aquatics Centre) Here, a full 3,175 tonnes of steel has been configured into a dense maze of curving trusses and cross beams up to 11m deep. The 120m clear span between supports makes the roof structure more akin to a bridge than a building, points out Mike King of structural engineering consultant Arup.
End of the pier show
(Weston-super-Mare pier) Building a 21st century pier meant designing the structure to cope with heavy, variable loads created by new thrill rides, while steel fabricator William Haley Engineering had to adapt beam designs to fit with the existing structure that had not been destroyed by the fire.