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Above is the modern day European Union best practice Smithfield Meat Market in London. It is a brilliant blend of the old and the new.
A classic 19Th century roof consisting of what in the early years of that century was a new technology, with curved wrought iron ribs and braces, cast iron infill decorations, supported on typically decorated cast iron columns.
At the same time traditionally framed timber queen post trusses sit on top of the arched iron ribs.
A close up of the timber work shows that while embracing the new, the designers still had an eye on the past, using curved timber braces and infill tracery panels.
The former Covent Garden market building in London, has been given a brilliant makeover and is bustling again with open air entertainers, cafes and shopping.
When the industrial revolution got into full swing with bridges, railroads and iron steamships, the building industry raced alongside with it, building countless public buildings of this sort. Railway stations in particular took benefit from the ease of manufacturing standardised parts for roofs like these.
A small 19Th. century shopping arcade in the UK city of Hull. One of thousands that were built world wide as an way of providing traffic free shopping enclaves. This one using cast iron trusses.
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