Structures roundup

Plans for a six-storey housing block made of timber have been approved for Wimbledon town centre. The fifteen apartments, three townhouses and a commercial unit at street level will be constructed using CLT (Cross Laminated Timber). Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios said the design had to incorporate lightweight construction materials due to a London Underground tunnel located directly under the site. Construction is due to start on site later this year.

The Forth rail bridge has become become the UK's 29th UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bid to have the bridge recognised was put forward by the UK government following a joint project with the Scottish Government, partnering with Network Rail, Transport Scotland and Historic Scotland. The World Heritage Committee has praised the bridge as ‘a masterpiece of creative genius because of its distinctive industrial aesthetic’ and ‘an extraordinary and impressive milestone in the evolution of bridge design and construction’. The structure is still the world’s second longest single cantilever span and was first opened in 1890,

The Japanese have cancelled plans to build the $2bn Olympic Stadium designed by Zaha Hadid for the Games in 2020. Hadid’s scheme won an international competition to design the stadium, which was scheduled to be completed in time to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, and the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. But the public and local architects thought the design was too big for the site and following public pressure Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced, following a meeting with the chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee, that plans for the stadium will “start over from zero.”

Osborne has been awarded the contract to redevelop the existing theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in including alterations and refurbishment of the existing theatre together with the addition of a new Recital Hall and glazed lobby at roof level above the theatre. 

Rubber, steel and textile fibres from tyres can be resused in concrete to make buildings and other structures 'greener', tougher and more resistant to earthquakes. An EU-funded project led by experts at the University of Sheffield and Imperial College London, working in association with the European Tyre Recyclers Association, has demonstrated through extensive experimental work that all tyre components can be reused in concrete. Recycled rubber, for example, will allow buildings and other structures to flex up to 10 per cent along their length – 50 times more than structures made from conventional concrete.