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Tata Steel helps to create iconic roof for Louvre Abu Dhabi


Tata Steel’s Hartlepool plant in the UK supplied almost 2,000 tonnes of steel to build the engineered roof suspended above the new Louvre gallery in Abu Dhabi.

The newly-built £1 billion ($1.4 billion) museum in Abu Dhabi required 1,900 tonnes of Celsius® square hollow sections to be rolled to create the latticed dome roof made up of sixty-three supersized elements.

Andy Pottinger, associate director, Buro Happold, the design engineers who specified the Tata Steel product, said: “We’re really pleased that a top-quality product has enabled us to realize our vision of the Louvre dome.”

Andrew Ward, works manager at Tata Steel added: “The team at Hartlepool is very proud to have produced steel that has helped to construct what is definitely one of the world’s standout new buildings.

“We worked very closely with Buro Happold to ensure the stringent technical requirements were understood. Our technical capability to manufacture steel hollow sections is well proven, and I am confident this was a key consideration in the tender evaluation. Tata Steel has a global track record of managing complex project packages,” Ward concluded.

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