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US embassy in London

ArcelorMittal is proud to provide 3,000 tonnes of reinforcing steels for the construction of the new US embassy in the Nine Elms area of Southwest London.

Modern, secure and environmentally sustainable

A new imposing building is appearing on the South bank of the river Thames in London. This transparent, crystalline 12-storey glass cube, designed to allow generous daylight and surrounded by a small park with an artificial lake, will meet modern office needs and required security standards. In construction since August 2013, the new US embassy in London will accommodate its staff and visitors in a modern, secure and sustainable environment.

Expertise overcomes challenges

Piled foundations for the structure contain 3,000 tonnes of reinforcing steels provided by ArcelorMittal Construction Solutions, ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products’ construction solutions division. The engineers worked closely with the customer to carefully design and detail all elements of the fabrication.

This project is a real challenge due to:

  • the extremely short timescale of 5 months
  • the rapid establishment of 24/7 working to meet this demand
  • the employment and training of up to 40 additional fabricators
  • the logistics that required 400 truck deliveries to transport 2,000 fabricated elements to this highly congested site through heavy urban traffic

ArcelorMittal's professionalism and expertise convinced the customer who specified the highest environmental and sustainability standards for the structure. The teams from Construction Solutions manufacture customised prefabricated components at the plant, thus refuting the commonly held opinion that complex reinforcement structures can only be assembled on the relevant construction site.

The highest quality reinforcing steels from Hamburg, Zumarraga and Zaragoza 

Specialist foundation contractor Bauer Technologies Limited chose ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products to fabricate and supply the pre-assembled steel reinforcement cages required to construct more than 700 individual piled foundations up to 60m deep and ranging from 600 mm to 1,800 mm in diameter.

ArcelorMittal provided the highest quality reinforcing steels from Hamburg, Zumarraga and Zaragoza as well as tubes and fittings from Karvina, all benefiting from total traceability and certified sustainability credentials.

The US embassy is due for completion in 2017; diplomats and employees will then move into a state-of-the-art building with the best security arrangements.


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