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New Underground Railway Offices - St, James's Park Notes on Foundations and Erection

The new building of the Underground Railways Headquarters in Broadway, Westminster, has more than usual claims to distinction. In its planning, structural design and architectural grouping, it is probably the most notable building of modern times. With its central tower 180 ft. above pavement level, it is the highest commercial block in London, overshadowing that 12-storied aristocrat of residential buildings opposite (Queen Anne's Mansions), which for some three generations has enjoyed the distinction of being the highest inhabited building in the Metropolis. Much has already been published in the leading architectural journals, as well as in the daily press, concerning the building itself and its furnishings, but as so frequently happens, the treatment of the foundations and methods employed in erection of the framework have not perhaps received the studied attention desirable from the structural engineer's viewpoint. Hence the purpose of this paper, to endeavour to throw a little more light upon such matters. Before, however, passing on to the essentials, it will be as well to touch briefly on some leading features of the building which may assist in appreciating the importance of firm foundations for its support. M.J. McCarthy

Author(s): McCarthy, M J

Keywords: st james park underground station, london