Last night, The Institution of Structural Engineers announced the winners of The Structural Awards 2018 during a glittering awards ceremony at The Brewery, London. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 53 pioneering global projects, celebrating the ingenuity and expertise of the engineers behind them. A diverse range of structures, from beautifully crafted sports stadia to sparkling glass staircases, were recognised across 14 categories.
This year’s entries perfectly underlined the creativity of structural engineers, with the winning projects showcasing cutting edge examples of innovative engineering solutions.
Tamina Canyon Crossing in Bad Ragaz, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland received the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. This hotly-contested accolade is presented to the year’s finest example of structural engineering design.
Tamina Canyon Crossing in Bad Ragaz, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland
Engineer: Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner
Winner: The Supreme Award for Structural Excellence & The Award for Vehicle Bridges
The judging panel, made up of a distinguished group of industry experts, were unanimous in their view that this bridge, which crosses the Tamina Canyon 200m above a deep gorge, was an ‘outstanding engineering solution’ and a worthy recipient.
The Judges were impressed by the elegance, clarity and economy of the design, noting the efficiency of the structural system, as well as the beautiful way that the design integrates with its spectacular surroundings.
They said: “This is a concrete arch design in the best traditions of Christian Menn and Robert Maillart, and the engineers have produced a world class and graceful design.”
Chair of the judges, Professor Tim Ibell, commented: “Congratulations to our award winners and thanks to all those that entered. As always the quality was high and the competition fierce, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the judges when I say that it was hard to choose an overall winner as there were many deserving candidates. Tamina Canyon Crossing’s Supreme Award win recognises the very best in bridge design and engineering, setting an example of best practice to the global construction industry.”
He continued: “In this, The Year of Engineering, The Structural Awards perfectly encapsulate the skill and creativity of structural engineers as problem-solving design professionals, making a positive impact to society on a global scale.”
Rwanda Cricket Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda
Engineer: Light Earth Designs
Winner: The Award for Small Projects (of under £1 million)
Now in its 51st year, these prestigious awards celebrate the world’s most outstanding achievements and demonstrate the diversity of structural engineering, recognising excellence, creativity and innovation, as well as sustainability, economic viability and value for money.
V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, London, United Kingdom
Winner: The Award for Construction Integration
The full list of winners and projects can be viewed at here.
Steve Jobs Theatre Pavilion, Cupertino, California, United States of America
Engineer: Eckersley O'Callaghan & Arup
Winner: The Award for Structural Artistry