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CONTENTS OCTOBER 2005VOL13NO9 NEW STEEL CONSTRUCTION www.new-steel-construction.com Cover Image AVIATION MUSEUM, RAF COSFORD Developer: RAF Museum and Bridgnorth District Council Steelwork Contractor: SH Structures Architect: Fielden Clegg Bradley Structural Engineer: Michael Barclay Partnership 5 Editor’s comment The latest news from the Davis Langdon cost EDITOR comparison survey is good for steel, which maintains its competitive Nick Barrett Tel: 01323 422483 edge nick@new-steel-construction.com DEPUTY EDITOR 6 News Good safety news is contained in the BCSA’s latest accident David Fowler Tel: 01892 538191 david@new-steel-construction.com survey CONTRIBUTING EDITOR 10 Diary Ty Byrd Tel: 01892 524455 ty@barrett-byrd.com PRODUCTION EDITOR 11 Analysis The Steel Construction Sustainability Charter will engage Andrew Pilcher Tel: 01892 524481 the supply chain in adopting more sustainable behaviour andrew@new-steel-construction.com ISDN: 01892 557302 ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER FEATURES Sally Devine Tel: 01474 833871 sally@new-steel-construction.com 12 Cardiff’s landmark Wales Millennium Centre wins a major European steel design award PUBLISHED BY 14 Margo Cole has a new aviation museum in her sights, whose design The British Constructional Steelwork Association Ltd incorporates over 700 tonnes of exposed and unpainted structural 4 Whitehall Court, Westminster, London SW1A 2ES Telephone 020 7839 8566 Fax 020 7976 1634 steelwork Website www.steelconstruction.org Email postroom@steelconstruction.org 18 A slender steel canopy in harmony with the original Victorian train shed is taking shape at London’s St Pancras Station. Jon Masters The Steel Construction Institute Silwood Park, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7QN reports from trackside. Telephone 01344 623 345 Fax 01344 622 944 19 Consultation is now ended on the CDM Regulations overhaul. Will the Website www.steel-sci.org Email reception@steel-sci.org revision achieve its aims? Corus Construction and Industrial 20 BCSA’s Safety Manager analyses the new regulations for working at PO Box 1, Brigg Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN16 1BP height. Risk assessments assume a new importance, he advises. Telephone 01724 404040 Fax 01724 404224 Website www.corusconstruction.com 26 In the second of his series of three fire engineering articles, John Email tsm@corusgroup.com Dowling of Corus Construction & Industrial reports on the US CONTRACT PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING SALES National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the collapse Barrett, Byrd Associates of the World Trade Center Linden House, Linden Close, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8HH 30 Our software review contains information about products for Tel: 01892 524455 www.barrett-byrd.com designing cellular beams and for 3D modelling 32 Airtightness is likely to become critical in meeting Part L regulations EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD on thermal performance, says SCI’s Graham Raven Dr D Tordoff (Chairman); Mr N Barrett; Mr D Fowler; Mrs Sally Devine; Mr D G Brown, SCI; Mr J P Cartz, BDP; 34 40 Years Ago Our look at the past through the pages of Building With Mr M Crosby, FaberMaunsell; Mr R Gordon, Mace Ltd; Steel reveals that extending the M1 showcased the extraordinary Mr W Gover, Consultant; Mr R Harrison, Glentworth Fabrications Ltd; Mr A Hughes, Tubelines; Mr A Palmer, Buro Happold; strength and flexibility of steel as a structural medium Mr R Steeper, Corus; Mr O Tyler, Wilkinson Eyre, 36 Advisory Desk The latest advice from the SCI – AD 292 – concerns the The role of the Editorial Advisory Board is to advise on the overall style and content of the magazine. use of discontinuous columns and shallow deck composite slabs on floor beams New Steel Construction welcomes contributions on any suitable topics relating to 38 Publications steel construction. Publication is at the discretion of the Editor. Views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the BCSA, SCI, Corus or the Contract 38 Seminars and courses Publisher. Although care has been taken to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate with relation to either matters of fact or accepted practice at the 40 BCSA members time of publication, the BCSA, SCI, Corus and the Editor assume no responsibility for 42 SCI members any errors or misinterpretations of such information or any loss or damage arising from or related to its use. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the permission of the publishers. CHANGES TO THE MAILING LIST If you wish to notify us of a change: Non Members of either the SCI or the BCSA please telephone Corus on 01724 404863 Members BCSA Telephone BCSA on 020 7839 8566 Members SCI Telephone SCI on 01344 623 345 SUBSCRIPTIONS To take out a subscription please telephone 01344 623 645 The British The Steel Annual subscription £92.00 UK, £117.00 elsewhere. Constructional Construction Steelwork Institute All rights reserved ©2005. ISSN 0968-0098 Association Ltd NSC October 2005 3


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