North West Structural Awards 2018: Winners announced
The winners of the North West Structural Awards 2018 were announced at the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s annual dinner on 14 September.
The event, held at Manchester’s Midland Hotel, attracted members and guests from all over the region. Seven project awards and two people awards were presented by Vice President, Jane Entwistle and the Regional Group Chair, Charlotte Rourke assisted by Husain Bensaud and Gemma Small of the region’s Young Members Group. The event (sponsored by Towergate) raised £370 for charity RedR.
Award for the Young Structural Engineer of the Year: Ben Burns, Scott Hughes Design.
Ben has shown an ability well beyond that of their peers and demonstrates exceptional promise for the future.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Carla Gonzalez, Roscoe
Carla has given her time to passionately represent structural engineering and has shown outstanding commitment to the betterment of the profession.
Award for Small Project: ARUP for Demonstration Bridges
A somewhat unique project and small in the extreme. An outstanding submission which addressed all the judging criteria. The bridges were beautifully designed and should prove to be an excellent example of structural engineering.
Award for Medium Project: Thomasons for The Alchemist
Designed to act as visual beacon linking the Lowry Centre and Media City on Salford Quays. The project has an abundance of structural features with complex geometry linking architectural expression with structural support.
Award for Large Project: RoC Consulting for No. 1 Spinningfields
This 19-storey building has made a dramatic impact on Manchester’s skyline. The structural engineering incorporated into this project was very well developed and represents a comprehensive example of structural engineering.
Commendation for the Most Sustainable Project: Civic Engineers for Chancery House
Comprising the reuse and integration of a prominent landmark building, the scheme involves careful use of old and new building materials to overcome structural challenges posed by what was a tricky scheme.
Commendation for the Most Innovative Project: Edge Consulting for Welsh International Convention Centre
Here the engineer adopted a non-conventional solution for a large foundation/floor slab. Clearly the client was exceptionally pleased with the design as it represented significant cost savings.
Award for Construction Integration: AECOM Mott MacDonald JV for Ordsall Chord Viaduct
This award is presented to a project which has demonstrated excellence in buildability by collaboration and interaction between the structural designer and the construction team.
This project represents a great example of cross industry collaboration with the architect, engineer and contractor, working collectively to create a beautifully engineered structure.
Award for the Best Project Constructed Outside the North West: BDP for Merrion House
This represents a high-quality design solution, transforming a tired and outdated building in Leeds to a high-quality office space with the addition of a new extension. The project comprised a number of simple yet innovative design solutions.