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NEWS Beijing tower for Siemens Drive to promote use of steel Increasing the use of steel in con- of IISI. The four other companies petition and demonstration building. struction by 10% is the aim of a participating in the programme are The programme grew out of the five year €14M (£10M) programme Erdemir, IMIDRO, Ispat Industries, work done by IISI’s Steel Solutions launched by the International Iron and Ruukki. and Sustainable Urban Development and Steel Institute and 11 of its mem- The new initiative is an opt-in (Scoping) Project Group, which pre- bers, including Corus. programme for companies active in sented a proposed work plan to IISI’s The leaders of seven of the steel the construction sector and IISI will Board of Directors in April 2004. The companies formally signed the continue to try and attract new pro- Project Group demonstrated that agreement in London in February gramme members during 2005. The there are pockets of construction and the first meeting of the group has programme will enhance the com- best practice amongst IISI members. since been held. Those who signed petitive edge of steel companies in However, no region had fully exploit- the agreement in London were Arce- the construction through a range of ed the contribution steel can make to lor, BlueScope Steel, CELSA, Corus, new initiatives. These will include improved construction. Mittal Steel, POSCO, and Tata Steel. market research, technology bench- The first meeting of the participat- The Secretary General, Ian Christ- marking, knowledge management, ing companies was held from 21–25 mas, signed the agreement on behalf an international architectural com- February 2005 in Kolkata, India. Work has begun on a new Chinese HQ for electronics giant Siemens. The Siemens Centre Beijing is a 30-storey, 52,260m2 steel tower designed to house 3,500 staff, providing space to bring together existing staff from a number of subsidiaries in the capital as well as accommodating growth. The €100M (£69M) building will be one of Siemens’s top 10 global investments. It will comprise a 123m tall tower linked to two five-storey base buildings with courtyards. Project manager is SIBC, originally Siemens Industrial Building Consultants, a joint venture between the electronics firm and Turner & Townsend. Singapore library chooses Corus steel T&T, which also managed the Siemens Centre in Singapore, has since taken full control of the Corus has supplied structural steel totalling more that 4,500t. local support network allowed the venture. Architect is Taiwan’s CY for the prestigious new Singapore The material was supplied project to run successfully through Lee, which was also responsible National Library, which is due to from Corus’s plate mills in Dalzell to completion. The local network of for Taipei 101, the world’s tallest open in June. and Scunthorpe, the beam mill at offices was able to source urgent tower. Structural engineer The library, designed by architect Teesside and the hollow section requirements from stock within the is Beijing Paramount Design TR Hamzah & Young, is claimed to be mill at Corby. Corus achieved an region.” Institute. the most advanced ever built. It is 16 overall fabrication wastage of 8%, Buro Happold was consultant, Demolition of Siemens’ existing storeys high, boasts an observation considerably better than the 12% including structural design, for client offices on the site, in Beijing’s pod on the roof, and includes three that is typical for a building of such National Library Board. Maunsell Wangjing District, has just basement levels and walkway complexity. Consultants (Singapore) was civil been finished and the building bridges connecting the upper levels. Bernard Chung, Technical and structural consultant for the is scheduled for completion in Corus, as the sole supplier of Manager of Corus International design and build project team, which 2007. structural steel, provided a package Asia, says: “Corus International’s was headed by main contractor of structural sections and plates precise organisational structure and Nishimatsu-Lum Chang. 6 NSC April 2005


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