Great Yorkshire Engineering showcased at Awards

Published: 16/10/2017

Three projects either designed or constructed in the Yorkshire region were recognised for their outstanding innovation at the Yorkshire Structural Awards on 13 October.

The annual event, organised by the Yorkshire Regional Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers, recognises the best new engineering feats in Yorkshire - and the people behind the work. The event, held at the Met Hotel in Leeds, saw projects in Sheffield, South Shields and Sandsend recognised.

The winning projects included:

The Diamond

The Diamond engineered by Arup – winner of the “Large Structures by Large Company” category.

The new engineering building at the University of Sheffield is the largest investment in teaching and learning ever undertaken by the University. The £81 million undergraduate facility houses specialist laboratories, lecture theatres, flexible teaching spaces, workshops, a resource centre and study areas for 5,000 students.

The judges said: “This building showcases innovative engineering at its best through its quality of design and sustainable practice – it is a beacon of striking contemporary architecture and engineering.”

The Word
The Word engineered by Curtins – winner of the “Medium Structures by Large Company” category.

The Word is a new award winning central library in central South Shields and the first phase of the 365 Redevelopment Master Plan. The building incorporates a library, exhibition space, FabLab with 3D printers, media studio, children's immersive storytelling area, IT suite, café, and a rooftop viewing terrace with views over the River Tyne.

The judges said: “The exposed reinforced concrete frame provides both a quality finish and a robust, durable structure - bringing architecture and engineering together in a unique landmark public building.”

Sandsend MULES
Sansend MULEs engineered by Eadon Consulting - winner of the “Medium Structures by Small Company” category 

The Sandsend sea defence project involved the construction of a coastal defence along 900m of beach between Whitby and Sandsend in North Yorkshire. The coastal defence took the form of interlocking, precast concrete revetments, installed on concrete beams, forming a barrier against the tide. 

A new and innovative movable structure (MULE -Mobile Unit Lifting System) was developed to manoeuvre the concrete revetments. The MULE meant that a major new piece of engineering was produced without the need for major road and beach closures as traditional revetment construction would have required. 

The judges said: “This innovative system overcame the constraints of the site to produce a system that brought benefits in safety, economy and efficiency, reducing disruption to the local road network and contributing significantly to preventing further erosion of the North Yorkshire coastline.”

Two other projects, West Yorkshire History Centre (engineered by Curtins) and Square Chapel Centre for the Arts (engineered by Arup), also received commendations.

David Richardson, Chair of The Institution of Structural Engineers Yorkshire Regional Group, said:

“Once again the Yorkshire Structural Awards showcase the incredible contribution structural engineers make as innovative, creative problem solvers, designers, and the guardians of public safety in Yorkshire’s built environment. Our congratulations to our winners and our thanks to all those who entered and helped to make this such a vibrant event.”


Sandsend MULES: Eadon Consulting
The Word: Curtins
The Diamond: Arup


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