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Conference Centre, Edinburgh Architect: Terry Farrell & Company

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The centre's main auditorium is contained in a drum-like enclosure,constructed of a steel frame with spoke-like beams radiating out to form the roof.Precast cladding panels ,in reconstructed stone in a colour which matches the local natural stone,are fixed to a secondary steel framework.

Precast was chosen for its ability to produce curved panels,to give an appropriate scale to the building seen from a distance while creating a smaller textural scale at closer quarters.The panels are about 4m wide with an acid-etched finish,and are divided with recessed 200mm deep grooves banded with aluminium.They were cast with projecting corbels which were lowered onto steel dowels welded to the support beams.

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