While the furore over the demolition of Plymouth’s “ugly” 1961 Civic Centre rages on (NCE 6 September 2007), 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’s angular geometry, long spans and load transfer structures posed many structural engineering challenges, explains Scott Wilson project manager Jonathan Derwent. Scott Wilson was structural designer for design and build contractor 1HBG. BDP was executive architect. Split into three structures, the building comprises a reinforced concrete frame on pad foundations, supporting post-tensioned concrete slabs and a steel-framed roof.