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Whilst the furore over the demolition of Plymouth’s “ugly” 1961 Civic Centre rages on (NCE last week), the city is this week preparing to celebrate the opening of a far more worthy icon – the copper-wrapped Roland Levinsky Building at Plymouth University. The £150M nine storey building is designed to be a visible statement of the university’s city centre relocation and its angular geometry, long spans and load transfer structures posed many structural engineering challenges, explains ...

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