Around the Press – May 2013
14 March 2013
Steel choice for college project
[Royal Greenwich UTC] – The existing steelwork in the warehouse set a precedent for using the material in the teaching block, but it was also an obvious choice because it facilitated a lighter structural frame, says Clarke Nicholls Marcel associate John Matthews. “The ground conditions were poor, so to limit loading on the foundations, the steel option was preferred.
10 April 2013
Building the shape of things to come
[Leadenhall Building]- British Land says the building’s design is unique: rather than having a central core, its perimeter tubular megaframe provides lateral stability. Virtually all of the structural steel will be visible through the glazing when the building is complete.
14 March 2013
Steel breaks the boundaries
[20 Fenchurch Street] – “Commercially there are huge benefits in using 4D BIM because problems are identified and solved before reaching site,” says Canary Wharf Contractors associate director of construction operations Charlie Paul.
8 March 2013
The £60M prospectus
[Coventry University Engineering and Computing Building] – Virtually every steel column and beam has been stamped with its structural loading capacity displayed in bright, colourful numbers. “We wanted the building to be the ultimate teaching tool,” explains Professor Gerry Ackerman.
New Civil Engineer
11 April 2013
Crystal clear thinking pays off
[Siemens Crystal building, London] – “It’s a really clever structure that reduces the amount of steelwork. You have columns that seem like they are twisting but they are not really – they are tapering in different axes at the top and bottom,” says Arup lead building service engineer Mark Plummer.