This issue's cover image comes from the Inland Revenue Centre in Nottingham. Arup carried out the engineering design for the collection of individual buildings along a central tree-lined boulevard.

There were two important influences on the design: Glyndebourne Opera House', already under construction, and the New Parliamentary Building (NPB) at Westminster where the basic principles of the design had already been established.

In South Africa, we look at the Sandton Library in Johannesburg - an 85,000-volume public library which forms part of a new commercial and civic centre for Sandton. Arup designed the building's structure, the most notable aspect of which is the suspended steel spiral ramp that encircles the interior of the central atrium, linking the various levels of the library.

In the North East of England, we look at the regeneration of Newcastle's Quayside where Arup has been involved for the last six years in extensive civil engineering infrastructure work, including rebuilding the 19th century quaywall, remodelling terrain for the architectural masterplan. and installing new roads, drainage and services, as well as provision of new multi-storey car parks.

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The Arup Journal 1995 - Issue 4