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V&A East begins to take shape at Olympic Park

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Structural steelwork has begun to be installed on the V&A East project, which will create two interconnected sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

As well as a new collection and research centre, a brand-new museum – V&A East, is being constructed at Stratford Waterfront.

Designed by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, the museum structure is clad in precast concrete panels, which are supported on a system of heavy-duty circular steel columns.

Due to the sloping facades of the structure, the columns converge at ground level into a series of nodes that centralise the load path into the concrete foundation.

The nodes are prefabricated offsite to reduce site welding and weigh between 6t and 14t each.

“Due to the very complex nature of the cladding connections and column geometry they were cloud surveyed after assembly and again after welding to ensure fabrication was completed to a tolerance of +/- 5 mm,” said Bourne Steel Project Director Russell Thomson.

The V&A East museum at Stratford Waterfront is part of the East Bank project, set up as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The museum will sit alongside UAL’s London College of Fashion, a new mid-scale venue for Sadler’s Wells, and new BBC studios for performance, rehearsal and broadcast.

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