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Western Morning News
Plymouth
associated engineer
Ove Arup & Partners
date  1993
era  Modern  |  category  Building  |  reference  SX494593
A heavily glazed, planar glass and steel building with a curved, aluminium clad roof, containing printworks and offices over an area of 15,000 square metres. The structure of the building echos that of a ship, in homage to Plymouth's seafaring history.
Two long, curved walls of glass plate are supported between tusk-shape columns, each made of two steel tubes, bowed outwards as they rise, with plate steel welded over them. A spacious grid of steel rods runs between the tusks.
Inside, the printworks to the wider rear of the building are separated from the office space by a full height blockwork wall. The steel and concrete frame of the printroom is floated inside the overall building frame, and coated with rubber to absorb low-frequency vibrations from the presses.
The windows of the offices are protected by canvas sails, carrying through the nautical theme and protecting workers from heat and glare.
Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
reference sources   LG/SJ
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Western Morning News