Congratulations on the excellent building study article on the Computer Associates building in Slough (AJ 7.9.00).
While the images and general information were without doubt first class, we noted that some key players had been left out of the credits columns and we felt that we owed it to our American colleagues, structural consultants Thornton-Tomasetti (T-T), to set the record straight.
The client Computer Associates appointed T-T to head up structural design of its £40 million headquarters building and appointed US-based Spector Group on the architectural side, with UK consultant BMP (which joined forces with Whitby Bird and Partners in January 1999) providing specialist local knowledge during the initial design stages and all of the infrastructure design.
As the scheme progressed towards tender stage, T-T became less involved, enabling BMP to co-ordinate between them and the UK team in design meetings and in providing essential UK engineering input to back up the T-T scheme design.
Computer Associates appointed BMP as lead civil and structural consultant in 1998, to take the project to tender and on to construction, allowing T-T to bow out after the main design principles had been set.
The project was a success largely due to the good working relationship between the international multi-disciplined team of consultants.
The Computer Associates headquarters building signified the first joint venture between Whitby Bird and Partners and T-T, which represented a successful alliance between British and American engineers delivery an American concept into the UK.
Frank Bates, Whitby Bird & Partners