LSQ London

13th February 2018

LSQ London

New Steel Construction have released their Annual Review of highlights from 2017. Which provides a highly deserved showcase for the astonishing depth of UK design, fabrication and construction skills used on steel projects of all shapes and sizes.

Within the Annual Review it includes the SSDA Awards, which has just celebrated its 49th year. Some of the projects included were worked on by STRUMIS users, so we would like to use this opportunity to showcase some of the brilliant projects that our customers have worked on.


LSQ London

Architect: Make

Structural Engineer: Waterman Structures

Steelwork Contractor: Bourne Steel

Main Contractor: Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

Client: Linseed Assets Ltd

Formerly known as Communications House, LSQ is a 1920s building that overlooks London’s famous Leicester Square. Over the past 90 or so years it has been enlarged several times and had become inefficient in terms of maximum utilisation space.

Lead Architect Frank Filskow commented that: "The design of the building naturally leant itself to using steel for the primary structural elements. The design of the new steel structure introduced a new central core, and enabled clear, open-plan floorplates, improving office space.”

Waterman Structures Director Jody Pearce agrees and says: "One of the key aspects of a façade retention scheme is the alignment of new floors with existing window openings. We promoted the use of a steel frame as it offered the flexibility needed to suit the various interfaces that occur with the existing façade.”

The judges say the use of structural steel for the new internal structure, including cores, enabled new clear-span floorplates to be achieved, while respecting the existing listed façade.

This project showcases the role steelwork can play in the extension and re-purposing of historic buildings.

To read the rest of the article visit the NSC website