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Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Eaton CourtMaylands Avenue
Sir Robert McAlpine is a leading UK construction company founded in 1869, operating in the building, civil engineering and related maintenance markets.
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A giant map, illuminated to show our last 70 projects in the capital, prompted lively conversation over a buffet breakfast, before speakers including UKGBC Chief Executive Julie Hirigoyen, our Director of Operations Tony Aikenhead, Head of Sustainability Amie Shuttleworth and Senior Sustainability Manager Andy Haigh took to the stage.
Oliver Wainwright: April 2011
McAlpine's project director, Tony Aikenhead, explains how the tension ring was built on a temporary scaffold and raised into place on cables hung from the compression truss, by 56 computer-controlled jacks over a period of six weeks - the tension forces pre-calculated for every stage of the lift.
The 14 lighting towers, 28m tall and weighing 34 tonnes, were then hauled into place by a super-crane, held with vast temporary stays, belying the fact that they now hang effortlessly from two barely visible 25mm cables.
Once in place, the whole structure was laser-scanned to generate a 2 billion-point digital model - which was miraculously found to be within 30mm tolerance of the original theoretical model - a tribute, as the architect, engineers and project manager keep reiterating as they shower praise on each other, to the unprecedented level of integrated teamwork.
For all the precision engineering involved, there is a refreshingly English attitude at play beneath the slickness, in line with the "make do and mend" spirit of the 1948 Olympics.
At a stage when all of the construction drawings for the steel superstructure had been made, the supplier discovered an alternative cheaper source: a hoard of unused gas pipes, "found in a field in Yorkshire," grins Aikenhead.
"The stadium is likely to evolve over time," says Aikenhead
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Tony Aikenhead, Director of Operations, Sir Robert McAlpine
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