The Curve

Entered by Caunton Engineering Limited

A premier library and cultural centre

A spectacular new state-of-the-art building in the heart of Slough. The project is the first phase of a £1bn regeneration development for the town. The 4,500m2 facility will house a library, museum, performance venue, learning rooms and a computer suite.

The Curve is being developed by the Slough Regeneration Partnership in conjunction with Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd and Slough Borough Council. Morgan Sindall was also the principal contractor for the project.

Designed by bblur Architecture, this striking building achieves its futuristic looks through clever combinations of parabolic curves both in plan and elevations, featuring a glass façade.

Structural engineer Peter Brett Associates, then developed the complex steel frame solution, including a 'V'-shaped column created from two 400 x 200 x 16 elliptical hollow sections.

Tekla Structures helps to overcome significant design challenges

The use of Tekla Structures proved crucially important to allow the team's detailers to overcome confidently the significant challenges created by the building's complex geometry and innovative design.

Further challenges were also presented due to working within the confines of an extremely restricted site, surrounded by the listed medieval St Ethelbert's church along one boundary, existing buildings on two others and the A332, an arterial road into Slough, on the fourth.

Tekla BIMsight improves cross-discipline working

Interfaces between steel, cladding and curtain walling were complex and critically important to get right. This was successfully accomplished by sharing our Tekla Structures model via Tekla BIMsight to all parties concerned, facilitating working together in an honest, collaborative and constructive way.