The livingstone tower

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The strength of the reinforced concrete structure is the main design feature which contributes to the durability of the Livingstone Tower. Some elements of the building envelope (windows) have already been replaced because of poor quality, and the rest of the building envelope is also due for replacement because of failures (muroglass panels) and inadequate U values (lack of thermal insulation). Some of the original interior finishes and fittings are due for replacement. The later adaptations and refurbishments have improved the appearance of many spaces. It is important that good quality finishes are used in future adaptations. The durability may be adversely affected by water penetration through the flat roof if this is not monitored.

The strong structure, large distance between the columns and large spans contribute to the adaptability of the building. This type of structure, combined with the deep plan and the position of windows, is suitable for uses which can be organized in medium size rooms or in an open plan. The smaller rooms are too narrow because of the window spacing. The partitions with generous glazing towards the internal corridor are more suitable than full partitions, because of the need for natural light deep in the plan. The generous floor-to-ceiling height allows for installation of suspended ceilings and raised floors, and thus for easier maintenance and alteration of services.

The energy conservation of the Livingstone Tower...