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SDA 2008 – Students show future promise

Winners – Structures: Cardiff University
L-R, Alan Kwan, lecturer; Andrew Orton, Corus; Matthew Wright – winning student; Alan Jones, SKM anthony hunts, Chair of Judges

Winners – Bridges: University of Southampton
L-R: Patrick Kielty; the winning student team and their lecturer; Alan Todd, Corus

Winners – Architecture: University of Nottingham
L-R: Patrick Kielty; Bradley Starkey, lecturer; Winning student Li Gan; Alan Todd, Corus

The Corus Student Design Awards were presented to winning undergraduate design teams at the Structural Steel Design Awards ceremony held at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The winning engineering students came from Cardiff and Southampton universities, and a student from Nottingham University won the architecture prize.

Cardiff University student, Matthew Wright won the Structures prize, where the brief was to design a structural solution for a terminal and control tower for a regional UK airport. Alan Jones of SKM anthony hunts, Chair of Judges, said the winning entry was ‘expertly thought out, an innovative and effective design that would lend itself to future expansion’.

Winners of the Bridges prize, Southampton University, had to provide a pedestrian and cycle bridge over a river to link a city centre regeneration scheme.  Chair of Judges Barry Mawson of Capita Symonds said their design was a ‘dramatic and integrated solution that added a real dimension of excitement’.

The Architecture prize went to Nottingham University student, Li Gan, whose design for an urban housing community had to take account of sustainability issues as well as aesthetics. Chair of Judges Chris Nash of Grimshaw said the standard of entries was generally inspirational and Nottingham’s design showed how practical and elegant solutions to waste can be easily integrated into everyday life.

Prizes were presented by Corus General Manager Alan Todd who said Corus is committed to fostering and developing the engineering and architectural talent of the future. ‘All of the successful teams demonstrated their design skills in an innovative and effective way, painting a positive picture for the future of steel construction.

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