The Railway Technical Centre : The Development Of The Railway Technical Centre

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The Railway Technical Centre is a 6-storey office building which was constructed in the early 1960s by the British Railways Board to be their technical headquarters, but has since had its space let out to other companies. Other buildings have been added to the site since, which are of the of the same design. The building has a precast reinforced concrete framed structure, a very popular choice post war when skilled labour was hard to find and the need for this type of structure was common due to the shortage of housing.

Reinforced concrete is a very strong, fire resistant and insulating product which does not require an enormous amount of skill and time to construct due the fact that it is pre-cast. This is because the members of the
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The concrete also protects the steel from fire and has a minimum cover which ‘should never be less than the nominal cover minus 5 mm.’ Another factor that makes concrete and steel work well together is that they have similar thermal expansion, avoiding the risk of spalling.

The components are transported to site to be assembled and craned into place one fully set. They would have had a predetermined sequence which is an advantage due to time and workmanship needs. The frame could have been fixed together in a variety of ways but the most likely of this period and is the method of bolting the members together with steel ties.???

1936 Public Health Act

How deep would the beams go into ground?

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The external frame has been coated in a coarse render, which compromises of a surface coat, an undercoat and a final coat. The surface coat would be a splatter dash or stipple coat which would is required to act as a mechanical

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