Over 4000 employees are accommodated in the new four-block headquarters of South Africa's First National Bank, probably the largest commercial building project in the southern hemisphere.

Arup initially worked to establish the feasibility of moving from 28 separate buildings, before providing civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering for the new buildings, as well as project management services. Our article explores more about the development of this building.

In Manchester, England, we look at the redevelopment of Victoria Station, where the city's new Nynex Arena on railway land necessitated the repositioning of main lines and platforms at the station. The structural, civil, and services engineering Arup undertook included the design of three new footbridges over the tracks, and the systems for ventilating diesel locomotive exhausts from the partially-enclosed new station platform area.

In California, we hear from our team who have been working to help develop film and tape archive facilities for Paramount and Warner Brothers. Their structural and building services design involved the creation of separate areas for the different media, exceptionally tightly controlled for temperature and humidity.

Other articles in this issue include work to propose options for restoration at Florida Southern College, an exploration of work to help improve communications between parties involved in the construction process and a manufacturing facility created for Sandoz, a Swiss Pharmaceutical company, in Cork, Ireland.

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The Arup Journal 1995 - Issue 3