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Lime Street Tower Block – BMU Access Door

With a challenging set of dimensions to work with brought on by the particularly dramatic design of 52 Lime Street’s roof, a brand new approach was required to design and deliver the optimal arrangement of multiple integrated hydraulic doors.

The Challenge

In the heart of London among some of the city’s most recognisable buildings sits 52 Lime Street, known colloquially as ‘The Scalpel’. The distinctive architecture with an offset main core and asymmetric facets give the building a truly unique look.

The strikingly shaped exterior demanded a bespoke solution to deploy access equipment from the top of the building. This solution needs to work within the unorthodox dimensions, withstand the force of the prevailing winds, and provide decades of safe and reliable operation.

The Solution

To accommodate The Scalpel’s unique dimensions and features while delivering the necessary functionality and safety, a truly innovative approach to engineering design was required. The result is a multi-disciplinary marriage of machinery, engineering, control and moving structures.

To achieve this, the solution that ARX designed, built, and installed went through a rigorous optioneering process where numerous, contrasting designs were analysed before arriving at the optimal arrangement of multiple, integrated hydraulic doors.

Technical Details

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