Infrastructure engineering celebrated at The Structural Awards 2013

Taizhou Bridge 1

The winners of the 2013 Structural Awards were announced on 15 November, in a ceremony held at London’s The Brewery. Organised annually by The Institution of Structural Engineers, the Awards celebrate the world’s most talented structural designers and their invaluable contribution to our built environment.

Y.K. Cheng, President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, said, “The Institution of Structural Engineers holds The Structural Awards each year to showcase the challenging environments in which engineers work and the complex structures they help to raise.

“The aim is to recognise the range of skills that characterise our global profession, raise awareness among the general public, and encourage young people into structural engineering careers. This year we have once again enjoyed a high standard of innovative entries and I congratulate all our winners on their achievements.”

Taizhou Bridge, which spans Jiangsu Province, China’s Yangtse River in, was presented with The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, together with the Award for Highway or Railway Bridge Structures. The bridge, designed by AECOM Asia Company Ltd alongside Jiangsu Provincial Communications Planning and Design Institute, is the world’s first three-tower, long-span suspension bridge.

Taizhou Bridge 2

The Structural Awards judges declared: “This enormous project was an extraordinary achievement, which pushed the frontiers of suspension bridge technology to new heights. Bridge engineering has just moved forward by a very significant margin.”

A dramatic new addition to London’s infrastructure, the The Emirates Air Line collected the Award for Infrastructure or Transportation Structures. Straddling the UK’s River Thames, the impressive Air Line cable car links two major landmark destinations, the ExCel Exhibition Centre and the O2. It is a joint engineering effort between Expedition Engineering, Buro Happold and URS.

Emirates Air Line 1 (Image by Mace)

The judges stated: “The synergy between architecture and engineering has yielded a new landmark which is both beautiful and bold. Delivery within a very short timescale is testament to the whole project team and a fine example of what the UK construction industry can deliver.”

Emirates Air Line 2 (Image by Luke Hayes)

The Award for Pedestrian Bridges was handed to the Pembroke College Footbridge, in Oxford, UK. With structural designer by Price & Myers, the Pembroke College Footbridge provides a walkway between the existing college and the new buildings opposite.

Bridge over Brewer Street, New Build on completion March 2013. Oxford, UK

Judges were bowled over by “the way the geometrical constraints on this project were solved to achieve an extremely elegant structure that complements its surroundings.”

Bridge over Brewer Street, New Build on completion March 2013. Oxford, UK