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Bishop Edward King Chapel, Ripon College

Structural Designer: Price & Myers


Cuddesdon, United Kingdom

Client Name

Ripon College


Niall McLaughlin Architects

M&E Engineer

Synergy Consulting Engineers

Principal Contractors


Images: © Piers Awdry; Balazs Bicsak
The structural engineers and architects developed a design embracing sustainability, architectural vision and structural innovation. The Bishop Edward King Chapel’s elliptical geometry is used to best effect, allowing the construction of very high external walls which require no restraint at the top.
The vision of a slender timber structure is achieved through using appropriate connection systems which provide delicate joining of sub- and super-structure. Finger-jointing glulam beams, followed by shaping the edges to suit, has led to beautiful timber curves using outstanding ingenuity.

Judges’ comment:

A deep understanding of the use of timber, and how to join it appropriately, has led to this magnificent structure. This chapel is clearly an inspirational building for its users, and this is down to extraordinary skills in designing and innovating with timber.

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.

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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.

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