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Ritz Hotel
Piccadilly, London W1
Ritz Hotel
associated engineer
Not known
date  1906
era  Modern  |  category  Building  |  reference  TQ289803
ICE reference number  HEW 2334
photo  Paul Cliff
The first load-bearing steel-framed building of any significance to be built in England, at a time when the method was already commonplace in America.
It was built in defiance of the requirements of the London Building Act of 1894, which demanded that all external walls be of full load-bearing thickness, and which also prohibited direct beam-to-stanchion, riveted connections. Its construction, and that of the similarly illegal East Wing of Selfridges two years later, did much to speed revision of the London Building Act in the light of structural engineering advances.
At the Ritz, the masonry is of Norwegian granite.
Architect: Mews & Davies
reference sources   CEH Lond

Ritz Hotel