Littlehampton Welding's factory is now filled with the plunging lines of the stainless steel screens of the new London Bridge Staircase, due to be craned into place on the weekend of 13th and 14th of February (delay on previously programmed date of 24th January), after the final flight of stairs is installed this coming Sunday 17th January. An intricately detailed project like this requires a combination of advanced technical expertise, combined with artisan craftsmanship.
Another flight of our stair was craned into position over the side of London Bridge today. Fortunately, yesterday's high winds dropped to nothing, and in an exercise of extreme delicacy, the stair passed London Bridge with millimetres of clearance. As planned, the weight of the new component caused the new footbridge to deflect another few millimetres - on target, (by the time the final components are put in place), to precisely alter the pre-camber of the new footbridge, so that the top landing meets London Bridge at the correct level.
Matthew Taylor's excellent blog posting at the RSA website is of relevance to all of society, including the construction industry, where much greater collaboration is needed to adopt new technologies in the design and construction of new and existing buildings, to make them fit for the 21st century.
Peter Cook has just produced another remarkable set of photographs for us, showing how the urban quality of the north end of Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, in East London, has been transformed by our low energy development, which combines traditional fabric materials, modern techniques, a significant enhancement of conditions for biodiversity, and a massive increase in commercial and lettable floor space for the benefit of the freeholder, a property investment trust.
Update on our new 3-storey Staircase which will hang over the River Thames, off the side of London Bridge (commissioned by the City of London):
Littlehampton Welding currently has our London Bridge Staircase components at various stages of assembly all over their vast factory. The photograph shows the lower flight which is due on site soon. All the parts for the curving, sweeping stainless steel screens have been made, and assembly of these components is imminent.
Nearing completion - this carefully crafted Passivhaus in Buckinghamshire was recently described by a visitor as having a 'Donald Judd clarity of construction'. The building derives most of its external heat gains from a glazed wall facing North West over open countryside.
In 2014 the Edge invited Paul Morrell to chair a Commission of Inquiry into the future of professionalism in the built environment/construction industry. Tomorrow the Edge launches the resulting report, which explores the key issues facing professionals and their institutions at this ‘moment for change’. To attend the event follow this link and join the discussion of this critical issue for the industry and its professional institutions.