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With this special issue celebrating the best of UK steelwork construction as revealed in the Structural Steel Design Awards, New Steel Construction will be once again available in a printed format.

We announced a year ago that the focus would be on developing the digital-only version of NSC but, successful as that has been, there is still a desire among our target audience for a paper version as well.  Whether that is to slip into their bag to read on the train or to leave in reception for visitors to look through, we have responded to that need.

Advertisers have also expressed a clear preference for a paper magazine, and as much advertising fulfils an educational function by making us aware of the latest products and services we are pleased to be able to support them. The digital version of NSC will still be available for those who have made the move completely to reading digital products and the NSC website will continue to be updated as before.

There seems to be more life in many legacy technologies than the enthusiastic early users of new technologies expect, and print is proving to be one of those. Nothing of the digital future was obvious when the SSDA was launched 47 years ago. Looking at the projects that have won awards over the years is an enthralling history lesson in the pursuit of excellence in steel construction. Steel is one of the most tried and proven materials and the technology of its use in construction is still developing and being pushed to new limits, as the awards prove.

This year’s results present as impressive a range of high quality architecture, structural engineering and steelwork fabrication as ever in the past 47 years. In the City we see steel construction for commercial projects at its best in the BREEAM Excellent rated Moorgate Exchange where net lettable space has been maximised and reduced floor depths provide an additional storey.

To mark the centenary of the First World War new steel framed galleries and an atrium have transformed the Imperial War Museum spaces devoted to the conflict. Steel has provided a unique, complex and innovative multi sport and arena facility to a tight budget in Derby.

A unique, moving footbridge with a deck that unfurls like a Japanese fan has become a landmark structure at Paddington. A technically refined, modern pavilion building complementing the landscape at High Wycombe shows that awards are not only won by large projects.

As usual, the entries that made the SSDA shortlist demonstrate a high level of the positive attributes that have become synonymous with steel construction, including an innovative approach to design and construction, cost effectiveness and sustainability. We think you will agree with us that they all look great – whether as digital images or on paper.

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