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Arup's 'Circular Building'

Sectors: Structural
Applications: Securing roof panels, wall panels, and glazing supports to the structural frame

Summary:

Arup's prototype building proves that the principles of the circular economy can be achieved when using products that provide flexibility, longevity, ease of deconstruction and the potential to reuse or recycle. The ‘Circular Building’ was showcased at the London Design Festival 2016 to demonstrate how circular economy thinking can be applied to the built environment.

Arup asked Lindapter to develop steelwork connections to secure the Circular Building’s roof panels, wall panels, and glazing supports back to the structural steel frame. Lindapter designed and manufactured a bespoke Girder Clamp connection consisting of Type B steelwork clamps and a narrow metal plate. The CE marked Girder Clamp allowed the contractor to quickly align the panels into position, before tightening with standard hand tools.

The structure is intelligently designed and constructed using materials that can be removed and reused. The Girder Clamps were quickly uninstalled, allowing an easy deconstruction process, while preserving the integrity and therefore the value of the components.

Lindapter’s Girder Clamps were particularly appropriate for this project due to Lindapter’s synergy with the principles of the circular economy, for example, Lindapter’s products provide flexibility, longevity, ease of deconstruction and the potential to reuse or recycle.

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