The Structural Steel Design Awards have recognised and rewarded many of the best examples of ambition and innovation in our built environment. Now celebrating their 52nd year, the 2020 Awards, jointly sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd, continue that great tradition. This year’s collection of entries once again demonstrates the excellence achievable with the use of steel, as well as structural and architectural design.
The Judges selected the Award-winning entries from a shortlist of 22, all of which scored highly in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, aesthetics and innovation.
The six projects receiving Awards this year were announced on Thursday 1 October and are:
The Judges were once again impressed by the remarkably high standard of entries and thought all the shortlisted projects showed merit.
Chairman of the Judges, Chris Nash said “The SSDA judging process was this year constrained by the national lockdown, as our usual visits to see, understand and experience shortlisted projects ‘in the flesh’, and to meet the project teams in person were not possible. So, for the first time in the 52 years of the award scheme, we relied on technology to examine the entries online, and understand the shortlisted projects with entries presented by the project teams remotely.”
He went on to say “This year there was a wide range of types of projects entered for the scheme. Scales of entry range from the largest prestige city office buildings, to smaller educational projects, and beautiful footbridges.
The awards, commendations, merits and national finalists rewarded by the scheme reflect the achievements of the current steel construction industry. Everyone involved should be proud of what has been achieved. I believe that, notwithstanding the difficulties encountered this year, the Structural Steel Design Awards still reflect the quality of the achievement and look forward to a return to normal operations next year”.
Commendations were awarded to six projects: Mary Elmes Bridge, Cork City, The Post Building, London, Centre Building, London School of Economics, Waterloo Station Roof Infill, One Bartholomew, Barts Square, London and The Standard Hotel, London.
Merits were awarded to two further projects: The Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin and Scarborough Footbridge, York.