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This jenga-style building is a real game changer thanks to Tata Steel

9 April 2013 No Comment

Check out this amazing architectural wonder in Bahrain – it looks like a cross between a giant Jenga game and a brilliant stacked-style building made out of blue and white Lego.


It’s actually the HQ for Bahrain’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the support engine which drives economic development via private business growth in the Kingdom. With such an important role to play in local economics, the building had to reflect its crucial contribution.

And so $25m was invested to create this new and impressive addition to Bahrain’s evolving architectural skyline, which took 18 months to complete.

Tata Steel makes this Bahrain building a stack above the rest


With a floor area of 31,000m2 over 20 storeys, its distinctive wide span design is supported by over 20,000m2 of Tata Steel’s ComFlor® 46 decking system and over 1,400 tonnes of structural sections provided by Tata Steel.

Is this Bahrain building made from Lego blocks?

Consulting engineers Ismail Khonji Associates began liaison with Tata Steel as soon as the building project was announced. Tata Steel’s extensive technical and testing resources ensured that the right floor decking solution was specified for this prestigious and high-profile project, which not only ensured enhanced performance but optimised cost efficiency.


Using ComFlor 46® could achieve very wide spans between the steel beams, resulting in significant reduction in the necessary supporting steelwork, whilst its strong and reliable shear bond performance gave reductions in the volume of concrete required, lowering structural and foundation costs.

All the ComFlor 46® supplied for the project was cut to precise lengths here in the UK before transportation, to ensure container space was utilised for maximum efficiency, whilst transport volume was also reduced.


The end result is a steel-framed building with basement and towers, topped by a circular centrepiece ‘crown’, which is home to a business club and state-of-the-art auditorium with seating for 750 delegates.

Tata Steel creates an economic HQ for Bahrain’s Chamber of Commerce


With such an impressive view from the top and from the bottom, this is one building where doing business really is a pleasure.

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