There is a danger that, if unanswered, the letter by Mr Blackman concerning the structural engineering of the ramp at the LSE (AJ 17.01.02) could be misleading.
Adams Kara Taylor was the structural engineer for the project, from inception through to construction, of which the ramp is only one part. Given the current pressures on the industry, the construction was procured with an overlap of design and fabrication - nothing new. In the procurement process the ramp had to be developed to construction information stage to establish programme and cost, but more strikingly to ensure we as a team could persuade a contractor it would stand up and could be fabricated.
Structural engineering design to us is about developing the form, making it stand up and keeping in mind the constraints of the manufacture/erection process. These were the responsibility of Adams Kara Taylor, the fabrication drawings and delivery (based on our work) was carried out by Clarks Nicholls Marcell and AFS Fabrications.
It is important to recognise and credit Clarkes Nicholls Marcell for its contribution, it produced the fabrication drawings and wrote a letter to the AJ to suggest it did more.
Albert Williamson-Taylor, Adams Kara Taylor