SSDA 2007 – Steel awards encourage innovation
The judges for this year’s Structural Steel Design Awards, held at Old Billingsgate on 19 June, were impressed with the professionalism and versatility of the entries in the 2007 Scheme, the 39th year of its operation.
David Lazenby, Chairman of the judges said there was a marvellous set of short-listed structures. “It is an exciting event, that’s what you’d expect from steel.”
Mr Lazenby told guests at the presentation ceremony that this year’s submissions reflected the regeneration of our towns and cities, and the structures will benefit the public for years to come.
Introducing the Awards, TV presenter Katie Derham, said all of the projects were cost-effective and coped with their environment with adaptability and professionalism, before adding: “The Awards also encourage innovation.”
Referring to the Award winners, Mr Lazenby said they were of the highest standard. “The Newport City Footbridge headlines steel in a big way, and provides a magnificent, iconic landmark.”
He said the Clyde Arc Bridge is a landmark structure which is thoroughly professional and met the clients aspirations, while the Sheppey Crossing has resulted in an unobtrusive structure amidst a very flat landscape.
Awarded a Special Award for Composite Steel/Timber Structure, Mr Lazenby said the Alnwick Garden Pavilion and Visitor Centre is a fine example of a multi-material solution, which is highly effective and delights the eye of the visitor.
- Newport City Footbridge
- Clyde Arc Bridge, Glasgow
- Sheppey Crossing, Isle of Sheppey
SPECIAL AWARD FOR COMPOSITE STEEL/TIMBER STRUCTURE
- The Alnwick Garden Pavilion and Visitor Centre, Northumberland
- Palestra, Blackfriars Road, London
- Pont King Morgan, Carmarthen
- Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford
- Bishop’s Bridge Road Bridge, London
CERTIFICATES OF MERIT
- The Young Vic Theatre, London