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NEWS Olympic authority unveils designs for 2012 stadium The design for the eagerly awaited London home for athletics and other sporting and Olympic Stadium has been made public by community uses. The steel roof structure the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). will be scaled down and then re-erected The 80,000 seat, predominantly steel, above the smaller stadium, while all stadium will include 55,000 demountable the steel and materials used for the seats, a cable-stayed roof sheltering two demountable structure will be recycled or thirds of the crowd and a fabric curtain reused. wall, which will wrap around the structure The design and build team for the project to provide extra protection from the includes Sir Robert McAlpine, architect elements. HOK Sport, structural engineer Buro After the Games, the Stadium’s upper Happold and Watson Steel Structures, tier and roof will be dismantled, with the which will be supplying and erecting lower tier remaining as a 25,000-seat approximately 12,000t of structural steel. Big lifts needed for seaside redevelopment Main contractor Allenbuild has lift- main booms and 22 internal mem- ed two steel transfer trusses, with bers, and required 3,770 bolts. The a total weight of 167t, as part of the second, weighed 73t and consisted £14.5M redevelopment of the Floral of more than 70 individual steel Hall Gardens site in Southport. members. The large steel sections, fabri- Due to be completed by the end cated by James Killelea, will form of this year, the Floral Hall devel- the roof structure for a column-free opment will transform the seafront conference centre, while above at Southport. The project includes they will support the frame of a six- a casino, conference facilities, a storey hotel. four-star hotel, a new public plaza, The largest truss measured 29m as well as new bars and restau- x 4m, weighed 94t, comprised four rants. SCI pays tribute to retiring director Left: The head table from left to right, Dr Graham Owens, former SCI Director; Graham Watts, Construction Industry Council; Professor David Nethercott, SCI Deputy Chairman; Garry Richardson, Guest Speaker; Martin Manning, SCI Chairman; Andrew Page, Managing Director Corus Construction and Industrial; Professor Patrick Dowling; Dr Terry Goodwin, Corus Strip and Graham Couchman, SCI Director. Above right: Dr Owens (left) receives his Life Member certificate from Professor Dowling. The Steel Construction Institute’s in the UK while at the SCI and in his Earlier contributions to engineering said it had been a privilege to be Director Dr Graham Owens marked earlier academic career. included producing scale models involved with the SCI. ‘It has been his resignation after a 21-year career Professor Dowling said he was a of the Thames Barrier, a cutaway a challenging experience and we at the Institute, at the annual dinner gifted experimentalist who always section of which is still on display. have been incredibly successful,’ held at the Landmark London Hotel in produced even more data from his ‘I am delighted and proud of all of he said. ‘We managed to make a November. Guests heard Professor researches than had been hoped for. his achievements,’ said Professor real difference to the quality of steel Patrick Dowling pay tribute to Dr He achieved the rare distinction of Dowling. design in construction.’ Dr Owens Owens’ great contribution to the being elected to the Royal Academy Dr Owens, who has been made thanked all those who had put their success of constructional steelwork of Engineering on first application. the fifth Life Member of the SCI, faith in the SCI, especially Corus. NSC January 2008 7


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