The new headquarters for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation at 1 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong, needs no introduction.

 The original headquarters was supplied with seawater for both cooling and flushing. The seawater was drawn from an intake chamber built behind the seawall some 400m from the bank.

Following an investigation, it was concluded that the optimum solution for the new building was to lay the seawater mains in a tunnel excavated beneath Statue Square and to distribute the capital cost of the works by sharing the system with other developments. In our first article, Simon Murray explores the work Arup undertook on this scheme.

Other articles include: Seminar on wind effects on buildings: surface pressures; Seminar on wind effects on buildings: structural response; Arup Ideas Competition to design a pavilion for Expo '89 in Paris, France (which was later cancelled); Margaret Law's book review of the fire safety chapter in 'Atrium Buildings: development and design' by Richard Saxon; New Gateway House, Basingstoke, UK.

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The Arup Journal 1983 - Issue 4