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The Gallery | Steelwork installed on controversial Paris Philharmonic building

Steelwork supplied by Nottingham fabricator ECS Engineering Services is being erected on the controversial Paris Phiharmonic building.

The scheme has attracted criticism in France, after the budget spiralled up from £100M to £323M. Construction started in September 2009, with a projected completion date in 2012 – but after a 12 month period during which no work was carried out, it is aiming to finish by the end of 2014.

ECS won the contract to supply 307t of steelwork which will form part of the roof structure.

John Cotterill, operations director for ECS, said: “The job was to produce a set of I-beams not only with bespoke flange connections, but also with rectangular cut-outs in the vertical sections. The dimensions had to be met exactly so that our fabrications would fit together perfectly with the materials already on site.

“Although the CE marking regulations had not come into force at the time this project was completed, all of the steel was produced under CE certification standards. ECS had completed the approval process for CE marking of structural steel after nearly two years work. This is just the latest achievement of our professional and dedicated engineers.”

The Paris Philharmonic building is located in the Parc de la Villette, on the north-east edge of Paris. When completed, it will seat 2,400 people.

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