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Steel wins five categories at prestigious awards

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The Savill Building (Photo courtesy of Crown Estate – Warwick Sweeney)

The Emirates Stadium (Photo courtesy of Sealand Aerial Photography)

The Adnams Distribution Centre

The Sheppey Crossing

A number of high profile UK steel projects received accolades at the recent Institution of Structural Engineers’ (IStructE) 40th anniversary Structural Awards.

The Savill Building in Windsor Great Park picked up the 2007 Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. Working with architects Glenn Howells, consulting engineers Buro Happold and Haskins Robinson Waters, SH Structures supplied the steelwork for both the timber gridshell roof and the perimeter glazed façades.

The project was also winner in the Arts, Leisure and Entertainment Structure category.

The winner in the Sports Structures category was Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium (see NSC April 2005) which the judges said combined a complex steel geometric design to form a fully-functioning large capacity multi-use project. Structural engineer for the project was Buro Happold and steelwork contractor was Watson Steel Structures.

Norfolk based steelwork contractor A.C. Bacon Engineering erected 280t of steel for the Adnams Distribution Centre (see NSC June 2006) which won the David Alsop Sustainability Award. This project consists of a steel frame, which supports large glulam beams clad with innovative hemp blocks. The design reduces energy use and the building has been described as the greenest warehouse in the UK.

In the Transportation Structures category the Sheppey Crossing (see NSC July/August 2007) was the winning entry. The judges were impressed with the structure’s unobtrusive, yet elegant design. They said its grand statement is reinforced by elegant proportioning and delicate detailing.

Steelwork contractor for the project was Fairfield-Mabey, while Cass Hayward LLP and Capita Symonds formed the structural design team.

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