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nAldgate1502The 18 storey BREEAM Excellent Aldgate Tower at Aldgate on the City fringe has opened, marking completion of a highly successful project where choice of a steel frame delivered substantial cost and programme benefits.

The new commercial block has provides Grade A office space with attractive rents at a location perched right on the edge of the City. The structure has been designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and provides 16 floors of office space, plus two uppermost levels for plant equipment.

A steel solution allowed main contractor Brookfield Multiplex to construct the building on top of an existing raft foundation originally designed to support a smaller building.

“A steel frame supporting metal decking offered us the lightweight solution we required,” said Arup Project Engineer Ben Tricklebank.

A steel core starts at ground floor and sits on a transfer structure, comprising of 47t beams that distribute the loads to the raft’s concrete columns.

Externally, the buildings main facades are clad with a fully glazed, full height aluminium framed curtain wall system. Two 11KVA ring main units provide electricity to the building supplemented by a roof and façade mounted photo voltaic (PV) cell generation system.

The steelwork for the project was fabricated, supplied and erected by Severfield. The construction of Aldgate Tower was featured in New Steel Construction Jan/Feb 2014.

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