Structural Awards 2019 – Winner of the award for Structural Transformation
What a great evening we had at the Structural Awards 2019 last week. This event showcases the people behind the most innovative structural engineering projects and celebrates their talent and vision.
Energi were at the awards as a sponsor of the award for Structural Transformation, and enjoyed the great company of our guests Peter Pardoe of WME Global, Lisa Rapson of the Robert Bird Group, Geoff Green of Green Structural Engineering and Jonathan Lock of Design4Structures.
All the projects nominated at the awards were truly inspiring and I didn’t envy the judges’ job of choosing winners for each category. The award for Structural Transformation was particularly challenging as the projects were diverse including a 17th century stable block, a 1970s office block, a motorway bridge and three train station redevelopments.
However, I was delighted to present the award to a worthy winner – Arup for the transformation of Coal Drop Yard at Kings Cross, London. Here’s what the judges had to say about this project:
“This transformation project required intricate structural design solutions to ensure faithful delivery of the fine architectural aesthetics.
“Restoration and renovation of the existing brick, timber and cast-iron structures was carried out after individual assessment of their structural viability, retaining as much of the original materials as possible.
“The success of the development relied upon the creation of a suspended floor linking the East and West Coal Drop buildings, thereby creating a unified public area protected by the peeled-back slate roofs complemented by infill glazing to the lenses created by the new roof geometry.
“This was achieved through an elegant roof structure consisting of a primary tied arch at the centre of the new deformed roof plates, which in turn supports secondary trusses following the curved geometry of the roofs and from which the new floor is suspended.
“The primary truss has a moment-resisting V-notch at its apex in order to faithfully maintain the aesthetic of the ‘kissing’ roofs. Torsion and deflection of the curved trusses were carefully calculated and systematically monitored throughout the construction process in order to maintain deformation of the suspended floor within predetermined acceptable limits.
“The design team have skilfully combined sensitive renovation of neglected heritage structures with complex extensions to form a seamless and integrated composition.”
I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations to the team at Arup as well as the principal contractor BAM Construction, the architect Heatherwick Studio and key contractors – Hoare Lea, BAM Design, Severfield and Gardiner & Theobald. Outstanding.
Energi People would also like to congratulation BuroHappold Engineering and Schlaich Bergermann Partner who received the supreme award for Structural Engineering Excellence for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Spurs fans in our office were delighted!