• Short Summary

    THE STRUCTURE OF THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE'S NEW BUILDING IN LONDON IS NOW ALMOST COMPLETE, AND THE TRADITIONAL "TOPPING OUT" CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED NOV 22 WHEN SIR JAMES ROBERTSON, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE INSTITUTE, POURED THE LAST SKIP OF CONCRETE ON THE ROOF.

    "TOPPING OUT" IS A CEREMONY HELD TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE ROOF OF A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDING.

  • Description

    THE STRUCTURE OF THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE'S NEW BUILDING IN LONDON IS NOW ALMOST COMPLETE, AND THE TRADITIONAL "TOPPING OUT" CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED NOV 22 WHEN SIR JAMES ROBERTSON, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE INSTITUTE, POURED THE LAST SKIP OF CONCRETE ON THE ROOF.

    "TOPPING OUT" IS A CEREMONY HELD TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE ROOF OF A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDING. AFTER THE LAST PART HAS CEREMONIOUSLY BEEN PUT INTO PLACE, WORKMEN ENGAGED ON THE PROJECT ARE INVITED TO DRINK A TOAST TO THE NEW BUILDING.

    BUILT TO REPLACE THE PRESENT BUILDING, IT IS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PROJECTS BEING BUILT IN BRITAIN. ITS DOUBLE-CURVED ROOF, A FEATURE OF THE DESIGN, IS COVERED WITH COPPER SHEETING. THE TWO PEAKS, EACH 82-FEET HIGH, WILL LOOK LIKE TENT TOPS. THE CENTRE SECTION, 98-FEET SQUARE, IS OF SHELL CONCRETE 3-INCHES THICK WITH A 7-INCH THICKNESS AT THE EDGES. OUTER SECTIONS ARE OF LIGHT CONCRETE RIBS WITH WOOD WOOL SLABS ON TOP.

    COSTING GBP725,000, THE BUILDING WILL HOUSE EXHIBITIONS OF THE LIFE, SCENERY, ECONOMY AND INSTITUTIONS OF COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES. AN EXHIBITION HALL, CINEMA, ART GALLERY, LIBRARY AND RESTAURANT ARE INCLUDED. OVER THE THREE-STOREY EXHIBITION BLOCK THE ROOF, 183-FEET SQUARE, CONSISTS OF FIVE HYPERBOLIC PARABOLOID SECTIONS. FROM THE LOWEST TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF THEIR CURCES THE RISE OF 43-FEET. ANOTHER REMARKABLE DESIGN POINT IS THAT THERE ARE ONLY FOUR SUPPORTING COLUMNS FOR THE ROOF. TWO OF THESE, ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BLOCK, SLOPE OUTWARDS AND HAVE A FORKED BASE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAET0NNJCSRCBYWE25ASJI4L8XG
    Media URN:
    VLVAET0NNJCSRCBYWE25ASJI4L8XG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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