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Bentall's, Ian McArdle Architects, atrium roof bridge
Bentall's, Ian McArdle Architects, atrium roof bridge
Bentall's, Ian McArdle Architects, atrium roof bridge
Bentall's, Ian McArdle Architects, atrium roof bridge

ABOUT

IMA collaborated with BDP on the design of the Bentall Centre in Kingston upon Thames from 1986 until 1991.

The original buildings were completed in 1935 to a design by architect Maurice Webb and were inspired by Wren's Hamton Court. The stonework on the façade is the work of Eric Gill. IMA designed the vaulted spaceframe glass and steel roof and the fibre optic lighting scheme. The glass roof and innovative solar shading panels are higher than the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. IMA also designed the glass and steel bridge linking the Bentall centre with the car park. The bridge was fabricated in Germany and shipped to Kingston on a Rhine barge.

The development took five years to complete and was opened as a shopping centre in November 1992 with a floor area of 6000,000 Sq Ft.

 

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