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Updated 13 May 2020

Thanks to all the many companies that have submitted projects to the Structural Awards this year.

We know that many structural engineers are facing serious challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are delighted to have received so many interesting entries despite these difficult circumstances.

Our judges will now be reviewing all entries to select the 2020 shortlist. Look out for the announcement on 3 August 2020.

Category changes this year

This year the entry criteria and categories have been revised in the light of the climate emergency. Tim Ibell, Chair of the Structural Awards Judging Panel, explains: 

“The Structural Awards reward innovation and they encourage others to do similarly extraordinary things. 

“We’ve made these changes to our categories because in this time of climate emergency the profession needs exemplars of wonderfully inspiring, exciting and low-carbon structures to showcase excellence, drive innovation and make sustainable solutions the norm over time.”

The category changes explained:

Every submission should demonstrate sustainability credentials

Submissions to any category should clearly articulate sustainability credentials. Every submission should state the carbon count if possible and demonstrate that the carbon footprint was minimised as far as possible. 

New Award for Minimal Intervention
A key element of structural engineering is advising clients not to do anything major to their existing structure, or to intervene in a minimalist manner. We’ve created this category to recognise such highly sustainable approaches. Newquay Harper Footbridge, last year’s winner of the Award for Structural Heritage, was a great example of this minimal approach.

New Award for Zero Carbon 

This new award is intended to show that it is possible to design a structure which has a zero-carbon footprint. 

Zero-carbon is not easy to achieve, even assuming life-cycle analysis approaches, which is why it’s so important the awards recognise zero-carbon when it is accomplished.

Key dates:

Thursday 3 August: Shortlist announced
Friday 6 November: Structural Awards 2020 ceremony

Get inspired:

Discover all the projects that were shortlisted for the Award for Structural Heritage in 2019 - including the category winner, Newquay Harper Footbridge.

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