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University of Exeter Forum

Structural Designer: Buro Happold


Exeter, United Kingdom

Client Name

University of Exeter


Wilkinson Eyre Architects

M&E Engineer

Buro Happold

Principal Contractors

Sir Robert McAlpine

Other Sub Contractors

SH Structures

Images: © Hufton + Crow
The University of Exeter Forum project provides a new heart for the University’s main campus. Working with the steeply sloping site, the team created a series of concrete plateau structures that linked each of the existing building levels together. These plateaus were focused around a new triple height space covered by one of the country’s largest timber gridshell roofs: a 3200m2 flowing form linking existing buildings and providing a new covered street housing and academic facilities.   This complex project also involved extensive refurbishment of a number of the university’s buildings and was delivered on budget.

Judges’ comment:

The judges admired the use of such an elegant structurally expressed, extensive, sustainable and efficient timber gridshell roof: using practical standardised details to unify this complex linking space. The simplicity of the detailing belies the complexity in analysis and form finding as well as the constraints from existing buildings.

The Structural Awards 2013 Winners

We are delighted to announce the The Structural Awards 2013 Winners. There are 12 Category winners, with 6 Commendations, plus the coveted Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.

To take a look at the categories and find out more information about each of the projects, go to the Winners Page.

Thanks to our Sponsors

The Structural Awards 2013 were held at The Brewery, London, on Friday 15 November. The evening was a great success, drawing nearly 400 of the industry's most innovative engineers and companies.

Thanks to our event Partner, The Telegraph, along with all our Sponsors and Supporters. Find out more about our sponsors here.