Published: 26 November 2015

New Homes for Britain – A Digital Approach

Housing, Structural Awards

Tim Lucas is the structural engineer behind Kew House, one of the shortlisted projects for RIBA’s 2015 House of the Year competition. As the UK Government announces an extra £2.3bn for house building, Tim discusses how we are building now, how structural engineers should contribute to the discussion, and what we can learn from innovative projects like Kew House.

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Published: 23 September 2015

The Amphibious House

Climate Change, Housing, Structural Awards

The Structural Awards 2015: Shortlist Focus: The Amphibious House project is a remarkable structure built on an island in the River Thames. During a flood the house can rise up by 2.5 metres, more than enough to cope with most local flood conditions. It remains operational and can be occupied as soon as the waters recede. Matthew Wells is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Director at engineering firm Techniker. Here he discusses the house and its implications for UK housebuilding.


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Published: 16 September 2015

Building for the future

Cantilever, Housing, Structural Awards, Sustainability, Timber

The Structural Awards 2015: Shortlist Focus: Ben Bradshaw has been a structural engineer for ten years. Here he talks about the Sussex House project, a highly sustainable private residence which has been shortlisted in The Structural Awards 2015.

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Published: 31 August 2015

Homes for El Salvador

Housing, Making a difference, Structural Awards, Sustainability

The Structural Awards 2015: Shortlist Focus: “Housing for Low Income Communities in El Salvador” is an entry to our “Small Projects” category, which recognises the most outstanding structural engineering projects completed for less than £2 million. Here the Arup team behind the project discuss why their house design is needed, and how it will make a difference to the people of El Salvador.

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Published: 20 April 2015

The Triangular One

Housing, Other Awards, Shelters, Women Engineers

Gemma Lockwood is a Chartered Senior Engineer at WSP. She has been a member of the Institution since 2012. Last year she entered our Young Structural Engineers International Design Competition, with a brief to design a temporary accommodation solution for use in the wake of natural disasters. This year she was awarded the John Barrett Prize (alongside team mate Elizabeth Side from Mann Williams) for her Competition entry, “The Triangular One”.

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