Jamestown Steel’s signature giant beams are playing a key role in London’s newest commercial hub.
London’s New Metropolitan Area
With the building of the 2012 Olympic Village and its subsequent development into a commercial and entertainment district, Stratford, in the East End of London, has been transformed from a run-down backwater into London’s newest metropolitan area. Already, its fashionable shopping area, the Westfield Centre, and its new high-speed rail hub have attracted some major business clients. The International Quarter, a joint venture between Lend Lease and London Continental Railways, is the latest, and one of the largest, new projects in the area.
Flexible Open Plan Office Space
Designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, the commercial building is spread across two sites, North and South. In keeping with the demands of present-day business clients, the emphasis of the design is on flexible, open plan floorplates; each plate is between 20,000 and 30,000 square feet, with a central atrium. These huge uncluttered spaces can only be achieved with the aid of long structural girders, supplied here by Jamestown Steel.
Massive Plate Girders
In partnership with the contractors, Elland Structural Steel, Jamestown supplied 660 tonnes of plate girders for this prestigious project.
Agile Ways of Working
In the words of the developers, this building will provide spaces that are ‘inspiring, adaptable and designed to accommodate more agile ways of working’. Wide open floor spaces, and therefore Jamestown’s long beams, are essential to the success of this concept.
A Popular Development
Tenants are already secured for much of the four million square feet of new office space at International Quarter. Major occupiers will be Transport for London and the Financial Conduct Authority. The development will also provide 350 new homes and a range of shops and restaurants.