Award Categories

The Structural Awards 2017 features new categories

The categories have been designed by the judges to place a stronger emphasis on the structural characteristics of a project, rather than the type of structure.

They reflect true engineering accomplishment and celebrate engineering excellence in the built environment.

Principal Categories

The Award for Tall or Slender Structures

Awarded for structural engineering excellence in projects where height or slenderness presents a particular structural challenge in the design and construction.


The Award for Long Span Structures

Awarded for structural engineering excellence in buildings (not bridges) incorporating particularly long spans, relative to the proportions of the structure.


The Award for Vehicle Bridges

Awarded for excellence in the design of bridges carrying highways and/or railways.


The Award for Pedestrian Bridges

Awarded for excellence in the design of pedestrian and/or cycle bridges, or other lightweight bridge structures.


The Award for Small Projects (of under £1 million)

Awarded for excellence in the structural design of projects with a construction cost of less than one million pounds, including art structures and sculptures.


The Award for Small Projects (of between £1-3 million)

Awarded for excellence in the structural design of projects with a construction cost of between one and three million pounds, including art structures and sculptures.


The Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions

Awarded for excellence in the design of structures subject to extreme actions, including marine and offshore structures and those in seismic zones, or involving unusually complex interactions with the ground and/or particularly challenging foundations.


The Award for Structural Heritage

Awarded for excellence in structural design where important heritage characteristics of the original structure are maintained through appropriate restoration, conservation, extension or refurbishment.


The Award for Structural Transformation

Awarded for projects demonstrating structural engineering excellence in the transformation, extension, renovation or rehabilitation of an existing building or structure.


The Award for Construction Innovation

Awarded for projects demonstrating structural engineering excellence in the innovative use of construction materials or processes.


The Award for Construction Integration

Awarded for projects demonstrating excellence in the interaction between the structural design and the construction scheme where this represents a significant feature of the structural solution.


The Award for Structural Artistry

Awarded for projects in which what could otherwise have been an adequate and worthy solution has been transformed by the vision and skill of the structural engineer into something exceptional.

In addition, the judges will consider the entries for the following special awards:


Special Awards

The Award for Sustainability

For projects demonstrating outstanding commitment to sustainability and respect for the environment in the structural design, selected by the judges from all the entries.


The Award for Outstanding Value

For projects where the structural engineering solution has resulted in significant savings for the client, or has delivered best value in some other way, based on the evidence provided, as determined and selected by the judges from all the entries.


The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

For the finest example of excellence in structural engineering design selected by the judges from the winners of the twelve principal award categories.