2017 Structural Awards celebrate the best in global engineering
The Institution announced the winners of The Structural Awards 2017 last night, during an awards ceremony at The Brewery, London.
The winners were chosen from a shortlist of pioneering global projects which showcased the ingenuity and expertise of the engineers behind them.
A diverse range of structures, from temples to tourist attractions, were recognised across 14 categories which singled-out engineering excellence and highlighted the important role played by structural engineers in the building journey.
The overall winner on the evening was the British Airways i360 in Brighton, which received the hotly contested Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.
In a unanimous decision the judging panel, made up of a distinguished group of industry experts, were of the view that this ‘remarkable feat of engineering’ was a worthy recipient. They pointed out that the engineers, Jacobs, had deftly worked around the many challenges involved with the construction.
Jacobs were praised for their use of purpose-designed cladding and sloshing liquid dampers to limit wind-induced dynamic movements, allowing the slenderness of the finished structure.
Furthermore, the tower was constructed by a novel ‘top down’ method, without the use of cranes. With this innovative approach, Jacobs ensured that all construction occurred safely at ground level.
Institution Chief Executive, Martin Powell, said:
“We have witnessed some breath-taking projects at this year’s awards, featuring ingenious use of materials and new construction methods to create buildings, bridges and landmarks that inspire.
“Congratulations to our award winners and thank you to all those that entered – you’ve made this an outstanding year for the industry. Each project celebrates the very essence of structural engineering, recognising structural engineers as the guardians of public safety and innovative, problem-solving design professionals.”
Now in its 50th year, The Structural Awards celebrate the world’s most outstanding achievements and demonstrate the diversity of structural engineering, recognising excellence, creativity and innovation, as well as sustainability, economic viability and value for money.
To mark 50 years of the Structural Awards, guests were asked to vote for the greatest past winner of the Supreme or Special Award. With many noteworthy structural designs to choose from, the overall winner on the night was the Sydney Opera House, Australia.