A structural steel specialist has underlined its reputation for delivering innovative and iconic projects by completing work on two new landmark developments – the stunning new home of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra and the Clyde Gateway “Smartbridge”.
The installation of the 3,890 tonnes of steelwork on the 2,400 seat Philharmonie de Paris by Severfield-Rowenhas set the stage for the full completion of the development which is due next year.
Headquartered at Dalton, near Thirsk, the company was challenged to bring prominent French architect, Jean Nouvel’s, design to life through a structural steel solution to create a dedicated music facility, offices, library and exhibition space.
The design of the exterior was limited by a maximum height restriction and size of plot. Acoustics also played a key role in defining strict requirements for the auditorium so that no member of the audience should be more than 100ft away from the conductor.
Severfield-Rowen, which has operations at Sherburn, near Scarborough, Lostock, near Bolton, Enniskiilen in Northern Ireland as well as a joint venture in India, has also just completed the fabrication, build and installation of the £5m pedestrian and cycle “Smartbridge” for the Clyde Gateway’s regeneration project in Glasgow’s East End.
The 90 metre long structure connects Dalmarnock and Shawfield, two communities either side of the river and gives ready access to a new transport hub which has been developed around Glasgow’s Dalmarnock Station.
The Smartbridge gets its name from the fact that it incorporates cable ducting for power and high-speed broadband lines. In addition, it has the capacity to carry heating to all social housing on the north bank, fed remotely from the south side, and will be officially opened in July.
Severfield-Rowen’s chief executive Ian Lawson said:
“We take great pride in the fact that so many of the steel structures we create have become iconic landmarks on the urban skyline and these two latest projects are certain to do the same.
“The experience, expertise and commitment of our workforce is second to none and ensures that we continue to lead the way in world class design, fabrication and installation.”
Among other major projects in the Severfield-Rowen portfolio are the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, The Shard, Wimbledon Centre Court roof, Heathrow Terminal 5, the Leeds Arena, the Etihad Stadium as well as many important commercial buildings in London, warehousing complexes, large distribution centres and sports stadiums