The Works

Symmetrys was appointed as structural and civil engineers for the refurbishment of part of Senate House, University of London, the famous 1930s modernist building in Bloomsbury.

Our work included the enclosure of an existing internal courtyard with a new glazed vaulted roof which curves in two planes. Symmetrys worked closely with the architects to minimise the structural impact of the exposed frame on the glazed curves, whilst taking as little support as possible from the surrounding listed building.

By utilising detailed 3D modelling of the frames and connections, we achieved the finished project within budget and timeframe. Elsewhere, new internal space was created by the infilling of light wells with fair-faced concrete slabs, incorporating glazing panels to help ready this pre-war building for modern usage.

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