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Brixton Academy - London

During 1998 we were invited to provide structural services in the refurbishment of the Brixton Academy, a venue for popular music. Built in 1927 and now a Grade II listed building. The front of house was constructed with a feature dome over the main entrance, above which a parapet wall spanned the full width of the elevation.

The support of the wall was provided by plate girders, which were considerably corroded. Investigation into the condition of the existing beams showed that they had lost much of their capacity from the corrosion. Due to the feature detail of the glazed blocks it was not desirable to remove the beams. It was therefore decided to maintain the existing beams and support them from new beams installed above. Meticulous attention to detail was necessary to meet the requirements of English Heritage and Borough of Camberwell.

The design and detailing of the connections of new to old were produced in-house and reproduced on site with the practical approach adopted.

The parapet was reinstated with new restraint members providing a renewed façade matching the existing exactly .

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