SSDA 2006 – Steel awards quality awes judges
Judges of this year’s Structural Steel Design Awards paid tribute to the diversity of project being delivered in steel as well as the quality of the entries in the 2006 Scheme, the 38th year of its operation.
Chairman of the judges David Lazenby said the quality of much of the steelwork seen by the judges had been “remarkably high”. “The range of work continues to be enormous,” Mr Lazenby told guests at the presentation ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel on 22 June. “The entries were all good, some were very good and a handful of them outstanding,” he said.
Mr Lazenby said one of the four Award winners, the McLaren Technology Centre at Woking, almost stunned the judges into silence; “It is a temple to technology,” he said. Clients of the 11 projects that earned awards, commendations or certificates of merit felt well served by constructional steelwork.
Mr Lazenby said it was an accident of timing that there were no bridges among this year’s winners, apart from the Gatwick Pier 6 Airbridge, and that the winners were geographically skewed towards the south of the UK.
Introducing the Awards, Steel Construction Institute Chairman Peter Head congratulated the project teams of all the winners, saying: “We are all winners because of the fantastic work that you are doing.” Mr Head said the steelwork sector was very strong despite the price rises of the past two years or so. One reason was because client’s performance objectives were being met.
He said that it would be helpful if clients could research the operational performance of their buildings so that the industry could celebrate the success of the structures it was creating. “Perhaps there could be a performance award in future?” he said.
Clients say steel has the edge
- Air Traffic Control Tower, Heathrow Airport
- Gatwick Pier 6 Air Bridge, North Terminal, Gatwick Airport
- McLaren Technology Centre, Woking
- National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
- English Institute of Sport, University of Bath
- The Emirates Stadium, Arsenal Football Club
- National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
- The OCS Stand at the Brit Oval
CERTIFICATES OF MERIT
- Bullring Spiral Café, Birmingham
- South East Essex College, Southend-on-Sea
- Vauxhall Cross Bus Station, London