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.
Projects can be entered for consideration in 12 principal categories. In addition, the judges will consider each entry for one of three special awards.
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:
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.