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Words:
Pamela Buxton

Long spans, floorplates and building over rivers – click on the links to see the stories

Is it possible to future-proof buildings? How can clients ensure they remain assets rather than white elephants?  In this issue of Steel Intelligence we consider long spans and how the increased flexibility of use they provide might aid building longevity. Our two project studies offer sharp contrasts in scale and nature. Make’s steel-clad and steel-framed groundscraper 5 Broadgate provides some of the largest floorplates in the City of London. In Leeds, AHR’s challenge was to create a much-needed additional entrance to the railway station while building over both a river and live railway tracks. Also on a railway theme, in our icon slot  engineer Chris Wise admires Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s ‘inspirational’ Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash, completed shortly before his death in 1859.


 

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