North West Structural Awards 2017: Winners announced

Published: 09/10/2017

The winners of the North West Structural Awards 2017 were announced at the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s annual dinner on 6 October.

Prize presentationMike Turner, right, receives the prize for Young Structural Engineer of the Year from Institution President, Ian Firth.

The event, held at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, attracted members and guests from all over the region as well as 2017 President, Ian Firth. Six project awards and two people awards were presented by Regional Group Chairman, Jonny Yusuf and President of the Institution, Ian Firth - assisted by Nushma Juwaheer and Giulia Fenci of the region’s Young Members Group. The event raised over £425 for charity RedR.

Jonny Yusuf said:

"The North West Structural Awards is the highlight of our yearly programme and a great opportunity to celebrate the best of structural engineering in the region. The judges had quite a task deciding this year’s winners.

"The event couldn’t take place without support from our sponsors Towergate, and Conrad Consulting."

The winning projects were:

Young Structural Engineer of the Year, supported by Conrad Consulting - Mike Turner, Mott Macdonald. 
This award celebrates a promising young engineer who has shown ability well beyond that of their peers. The judges all agreed Mike perfectly fitted this criterion.

Volunteer of the Year - David Shodeke, Civi Engineers
This award celebrates a member who has shown outstanding commitment to the betterment of the profession. David has tirelessly committed to causes both inside and outside of the workplace including charity causes outside of the UK. 

Maggies Centre

Small Project
- Booth King Partnership Ltd for Maggies Royal Oldham Hospital (Above)

Maggies is one of a number of specialist charity facilities built around the country. Comprising a single storey structure, relatively small on plan, the involvement of the structural engineer to produce a very elegant, but simple structural form is apparent and the resulting building looks very good. As is often the case, what looks simple belies a number of interesting and tricky details.

Chester Bus Interchange

Medium Project - Mott MacDonald for Chester Bus Interchange

Chester’s new bus interchange contains a sweeping roof, which is curved in two planes. In addition, the structure had to built on a site of archaeological interest. The resultant structure comprises long span glulam timber beams, standing upon a series of freestanding cantilever columns. The curvature of the roof and the structure required complex detailing of connections. The connection details adopted were effective and neat and the resulting structure is clean and interesting with the detailing enhancing the overall concept.

Oldham Town Hall

Large Project - Kier Workplace Services for Oldham Town Hall Redevelopment (Above)

Oldham Town Hall was a semi derelict Grade II listed building in the centre of Oldham, which required to be reused to preserve it as far as possible for future generations. This was an ambitious project to extend and convert the original building into a multi screen cinema with supporting restaurants and a pedestrianised plaza. The engineering work required to assess and repair the existing building, and thereafter incorporate the alterations necessary to effect the project cannot be underestimated. The project required complex temporary works and the clever integration of new and old structures.    

Norton Priory

Most Sustainable Project - Thomasons for Redevelopment of Norton Priory Museum (Above)

Norton Priory museum in Runcorn is a Grade I listed building with parts dating back to the 12th century. The project involved the construction of a link between the monastery building and the nearby museum. The link structure had to bridge over historic remains yet remain aesthetically sympathetic. The resulting structure contains complex geometry and the adoption of various structural solutions to overcome obstacles and difficulties presenting a very well executed final solution.  

Box Park

Most Innovative Project - Building Design Partnership Ltd for Boxpark, Croydon  

Boxpark is a “temporary” popup food and beverage market located in Croydon. Its core structure comprises 96 reused shipping containers. Despite this the design is a well considered approach, which adds to the regeneration of the area. In addition, there is a neatly detailed steel canopy structure. So good is the structural solution it is hard to believe that what is supposed to be a temporary structure will be removed in the near future.   

Project constructed outside the North West - Jacobs for British Airways i360 (Below)

Structural engineering at its best. Brighton i360 is an extraordinarily slender tower, challenging not only by its geometry, but also by its location, effectively on the beach at Brighton. Complexities of engineering extended from the transportation and manufacture of the tubular tower sections and construction on a confined site to the design and incorporation of sloshing liquid dampers. 

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