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Gallery | Arup's London Coal Drops Yard opens

The Coal Drops Yard development, on which Arup carried out structural engineering, has opened in London’s Kings Cross area.

The development reuses buildings from the 1850s that were used for coal distribution.

Digital tools were used by Arup to understand the geometry and behaviour of the structures.They were also used to exploit point cloud survey data to model the existing buildings. Arup engineers also developed a highly bespoke structural glass solution for the 8m tall glazed façade. The design uses the full capabilities of structural glass.

The project also involved the design and construction of a new roof, a floating floor and the addition of three new bridges across the yard.

To respect the structure’s Victorian heritage, engineers involved in its design had to work with cast iron, steel, masonry, concrete, timber and glass.

Arup’s engineers also used structural glass as part of the design.

One of the biggest challenges for the old buildings was the need to amend some floor levels as existing floors stepped up and down along the length of the buildings, according to Arup.

Retailers taking up space at the development include Samsung, fashion brand Paul Smith and menswear label Universal Works.

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