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SSDA 2005

37th structural steel design award winners

Thursday 23 June 2005

The 37th annual structural steel design awards have been presented to an unusually wide range of structures, from a private house in London to the huge tonnages involved in a steel works extension. Bridges featured strongly among the five Award winners, including a crossing of the River Usk and a small ‘rolling bridge’ on a residential development. Judges also gave commendations to three projects and a merit award to one.

The winners - from what judges said was a very strong field of entries - were presented with the awards at a ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel on the 23 June, chaired by Corus Construction & Industrial’s Managing Director Andrew Page. Judging was by an independent panel appointed by sponsors the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA), Corus and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI).  

Speaking at the ceremony judging panel Chairman, David Lazenby CBE, representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, paid tribute to the quality of this year’s entries. He said: “Although the number of entries varies from year to year, the quality of the winners remains remarkably high. 2005 is no exception, with an astonishing range, from massive tonnages to detailed craftsmanship, from complex elegance to practical simplicity.”

The objectives of the SSDA scheme were laid down 37 years ago as ‘…to recognise the high standards of structural and architectural design attainable in the use of steel and its potential in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics and innovation’. The judges' citations this year demonstrate that all the award winners met these objectives.

The award winners were:

   

The River Usk Crossing, Newport Southern Distributor Road

The Wellcome Trust Gibbs Building

Midland Mainline Rail Bridge

Tower Environs Scheme

Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin


The River Usk Crossing, Newport Southern Distributor Road

Architect – Yee Associates
Structural Engineer – Faber Maunsell Ltd
Steelwork Contractor – Fairfield-Mabey Ltd
Main Contractor – Morgan Vinci
Client – Newport City Council

The Usk Crossing was said to symbolise “the best in British engineering”, combining elegant design, high quality fabrication and innovative construction.

 

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The Wellcome Trust Gibbs Building

Architect – Hopkins Architects
Structural Engineer – WSP Cantor Selnuk
Steelwork Contractor – William Hare Ltd
Construction Manager – Mace Ltd
Client – The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust Gibbs Building was said by the judges to be a classic of its type, the most successful outcome of structural and architectural design.

 

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Midland Mainline Rail Bridge

Architect – Rail Link Engineering
Structural Engineer – Rail Link Engineering
Steelwork Contractor - Watson Steel Structures Ltd
Contractor – Keir Nuttall Joint Venture
Client – Union Railways

The Midland Mainline Rail Bridge was said to be an impressive achievement, which pushed the planning, logistics, design and fabrication skills of the construction team to the limit. 

 

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Tower Environs Scheme

Architect – Stanton Williams
Structural Engineer – Arup
Steelwork Contractor – Bourne Steel Ltd
Main Contractor – Wallis-Keir
Client – Historic Royal Palaces

Design of the Tower Environs Scheme achieved “Miesian simplicity” for a trio of modest pavilions that greatly enhance the visitor experience at the Tower of London World Heritage site.

 

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Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin

Architect – Thomas Heatherwick Studio
Structural Engineer – SKM Anthony Hunts and Packman Lucas
Steelwork Contractor – Littlehampton Welding Ltd
Main Contractor – Littlehampton Welding Ltd
Client – Chelsfield PLC 

The machine-like structure of the Rolling Bridge at Paddington Basin was said by the judges to be a joyful addition to the development area that has all the appearance of a Leonardo sketch when in the “rolled” position.

  

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