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Old August 15th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #181
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Old August 15th, 2009, 05:35 PM   #182
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I saw this last week and it looks great so far!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 12:22 PM   #183
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Old August 19th, 2009, 11:57 PM   #184
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Old August 20th, 2009, 09:03 PM   #185
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Old August 20th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #186
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Bloody hell with a view like that it's a shame to waste it on the turbines!!!
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 10:13 PM   #187
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 09:21 PM   #188
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Old September 4th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #189
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This Tower is Amazing!!!!!! Wonderful execution !
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Old September 4th, 2009, 10:19 AM   #190
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great, it's a good forums
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Old September 4th, 2009, 12:12 PM   #191
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Nice design - a bit like an evil headquarter, but it seems that modern design has to look like headquarters of evil scientists. And next to the other evil headquarters in the world this is truly on of the best - but unfortunatly displaced at this location.
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Old September 4th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #192
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i used to think that this was the eiffel tower when i was a child
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Old September 4th, 2009, 10:26 PM   #193
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this is just extra-ordinary, Londoners and UK itself can always surprise and as usual surpass by far the rest of the world when it comes to the definition of Design.

What an idea, what a wonderful idea. A building that not only is a must-see and a beautiful landmark to look at and to work/live in but also one that generates energy! clean green energy too!

just fabulous, beautiful, bravo to London again!
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Old September 10th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #194
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Has anyone on the forum bought here yet?

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Old September 15th, 2009, 05:34 PM   #195
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Three days ago, from Leathermarket SE1:

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Old September 15th, 2009, 05:34 PM   #196
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Elephant and Castle regeneration a sustainability beacon
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Steel sections were fabricated off site and craned in using a Leibherr 160.

A large regeneration project to construct a 43-storey tower featuring vast wind turbines at the Elephant and Castle will provide a beacon of sustainability in the London suburb. Andrea Klettner reports.

The area known as Elephant & Castle in south London is famous for two things, its two enormous roundabouts and the Ministry of Sound nightclub. But all that is about to change with a £1.5bn regeneration programme that has even attracted funding from former US President Bill Clinton in the form of the Clinton Climate Initiative.

This means the Elephant, as it is locally known, will become a worldwide beacon for regeneration solutions that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

One of the first projects to get the go-ahead was Brookfield Development's privately funded £120m Castle House, known as Strata, together with a smaller five-storey 17m-high Pavilion building.

The 43-storey tower consists of 408 apartments, with the first 10 floors comprising affordable housing, followed by 310 apartments for private sale with penthouses sitting on top.

Crowning the building are three wind turbines, each with maximum production capacity of 15kW in optimum conditions, giving a total output of 45kW, designed to power the common areas of the building.

With such unusually large additions to the top of the tower, Brookfield project director Matthew Hewitt says the choice of steelwork contractor was central to the project's success. "Buildings of this height, with a complex roof, are not common place in London so we had to have confidence in the ability and experience of our subcontractor," he says. "The completion of the roof and turbines was our main focus as the completion of this complex roof defined the critical path for completing of the towers envelope."

Steel work tender

Following a competitive tender process, Bourne Steel was awarded the steel work to house the turbines for main contractor Brookfield.

The job, carried out at a height of 150m, included the supply and installation of 100 tonnes of steel work on a site that is bounded on two sides by busy London artery roads, an existing 21-storey residential tower and a Network Rail viaduct carrying live tracks.

The complex geometry of the frame was modelled in 3D, with electronic models transferred between the design team for comparison.

Bourne engineering technical manager Blair Thomas explains: "The elliptical openings for the wind turbines were formed from a total of 30 curved hollow section segments all of which were set out in the fabrication shop using electronic survey data to ensure accurate positioning."

But before Bourne Steel started on site, the team tested the assembly of the pieces off-site at a yard in Stalbridge, Dorset to make sure everything would go to plan in the 12-week schedule to install the steelwork.

Bourne Steel contracts manager Gyan Aryaratna says: "The assembly, which started at ASD Metal's yard in mid-June, was dismantled a month later and replicated the conditions on site. It ironed out all potential problems."

He added that the small footprint of the job, together with the site's close proximity to live Network Rail tracks, proved a challenge for the team.

"The tracks are just 3m from the edge of the site," he explains. "So prefabrication and off site assembly was key to eliminating the work required at height and to ensure the geometry was spot on."

Meanwhile, Brookfield's choice of crane on the site - a Liebherr 160 - was an important factor to the success of the whole job, including the steel work at the top.

"We needed to make sure that it was in exactly the right spot," explains Hewitt. "We needed the best

possible ground support and we needed to work in accordance with guidelines from Network Rail, who we have an asset management agreement with.

"Because we only have one tower crane we had to get the hoisting arrangements for the steel parts right. Bourne Steel had to have big enough parts to reduce the number of lifts they had to do, but they also had to be beneath the maximum tonnage for crane lift, 6.5t."

The steel work also included the supply and installation of a canopy over the BMU crane, used for cleaning the windows of the building.

Aryaratna says: "The BMU canopy consisted of a 1m-deep, 9m-long beam weighing 7.5t, which was installed using the crane provided by Brookfield. A considerable amount of preplanning was undertaken by us to ensure the installation of the beam, which was supervised by Network Rail, and the associated steelwork was installed without a hitch."

Wind turbines

The wind turbines are currently being constructed in Sweden and each has a diameter of 9m with 4.5m-long blades. Installation of the masts is due to start in November, with the building set to be completed by spring 2010.

The tower, which will be the tallest private residential building in London, is also playing an important part in the movement of residents around the Southwark Council area.

More than a fifth of the 98 homes available for affordable housing will be filled with residents from the nearby Heygate estate, which is being demolished later this year.

A spokeswoman for Southwark Council says: "It's nice that the residents from such a run down estate will be able to go and live in such a modern landmark development."

Meanwhile, housing association Family Mosaic will be responsible for filling the rest of the 78 affordable dwellings. And in the rest of the area work has also started on six of ten new housing sites.

Construction on New Kent Road and St George's Road developments began last month, while Townsend Street, Camberwell New Road and Brandon Street will have construction workers on site by the autumn.

The complex geometry of the roof

The roof at Castle House essentially cuts off the building at an angle, resulting in a geometric shape that made the steelwork a challenge to construct.

Yui Law of Hamilton Architects, who is behind the concept and design of the scheme, explains: "The sloping roof level is formed by an angled elliptical concave surface, a vertical concave surface and two vertical convex offset surfaces, with three 9m-diameter circular openings for the wind turbines."

The complex geometry of the roof at Castle House means that Bourne Steel constructed a 17m-high frame with four curves and six elliptical shaped curves made out of circular hollow steel sections. Aryaratna explains: "The curved members are joined with 66 members forming the surface to fix cladding. In addition all the out-face of the structure had hundreds of brackets welded to fix cladding."

Because of the complex geometry of the build, all 400 secondary brackets had to be unique. "Each one is a different size, pitch and angle and had to be welded to the structure in various planes to fix cladding to the elliptical shaped structure," adds Aryaratna.
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Old September 15th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #197
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Old September 15th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #199
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Looks like that one in Liverpool
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Very modern! Some really great buildings are being erected in London.
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