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Structural Steel Design Awards 2012


by David W. Lazenby CBE – Chairman of the Judges

Both the sponsors and the judging panel are delighted at the large entry this year for the SSDA, in spite of the tough environment facing the industry. It was not an easy task to select a shortlist, because the quality has been so high. But out of a full list of entries, 29 were finally selected, and all of these were visited by judges, so that the teams could present their work, and we can be confident that the true merits were identified.

The spread of sectors, size and location demonstrates the breadth of activity which the industry has been sustaining. It was to be expected that the 2012 Olympic games would generate entries. The broad interests of society are represented by many health, education, arts, residential and sports developments, together with another EFW plant, power stations and many transport projects. The range of bridges is impressive, and there is a car assembly factory, a seaside pier, a sophisticated city office block and even a politically iconic sculpture. In all, this covers a huge spectrum.

I have always stressed that the client’s response is paramount, and I am delighted that the varied clientele this year reports a high level of satisfaction. Together with excellent collaboration within the project teams which grows ever stronger with the emphasis on total team success, this is a good basis on which to continue forward.

All the projects have merit and are praiseworthy, but as always we look for the outstanding. I have no doubt that this year’s winners compare well with those in previous years, and demonstrate  great strength in the face of the challenging environment. The judges have been impressed, and I hope that everyone will share our positive views.

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