Arup worked alongside Allies & Morrison, OMA, and John Pawson on the development of the Design Museum in its new West London location.
Arup provided innovative engineering services to enable the successful repurposing of the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington.
Maintaining the existing 1960s Grade II listed building provided a number of engineering challenges which required the team to develop an innovative approach to the project’s temporary works scheme. One of these challenges was developing a solution to keep the building’s distinctive copper-covered hyperbolic parabolic roof. The approach involved suspending the 1,500 tonne roof 20m above ground level by temporary works to enable the removal of the internal structural frame and all new flooring to be laid. Assessment of the existing roof identified that any movements of the key supports had to be controlled to within 5mm to avoid damage.