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Newspaper Printworks on East India Dock Road, UK – design by Grimshaw Associates

15 Jun 2007

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English Hi-Tech building with typically expressed structure and celebration of technology and man-made materials. This building followed on from buildings by Foster and Rogers such as the Inmos Factory and the Renault building, both in the UK.

Address: 240 East India Dock Rd, east London, England

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Financial Times Printworks

Location: Docklands, London, UK

The Financial Times Printworks was commissioned to accommodate two state-of-the-art printing presses, publishing and production facilities. The building had to be completed and ready to receive the presses within twelve months of the initial briefing session. Grimshaw’s design is an open-plan structure divided into two clear-span zones either side of a central service spine.

Until the Printworks was decommissioned, the presses were fully visible to commuters from the East India Dock Road through a long glazed screen. This 96-metre long screen is made up of a frameless structural glazing system developed especially for the building. The remaining areas are clad in a specially developed and tested panel system using super-plastic aluminium.

The Printworks was designed with the economy of industrialised building techniques in mind. A fast construction time was achieved and the building has proven to be flexible in use. It has undergone a successful change of function, following a six-month redevelopment programme, to become an internet switching centre.

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Financial Times London – Building Information

Client: Financial Times / St Clements Press
Size: 14,000 sqm
Completion Date: 1988

Awards
1990: Constructa Preis
1989: RIBA Awards
1989: Civic Trust Award
1989: British Construction Industry Awards
1989: Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Awards
1989: Structural Steel Design Awards Commendation

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