Global projects recognised at awards ceremony

By Andy Brown19 November 2019


Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in London ©Greshoff

The Institution of Structural Engineers has announced the winners of The Structural Awards 2019 from a shortlist of 49 global projects in 12 categories.

A diverse range of structures was recognised across 12 categories; from the world’s tallest statue in India to the complex exterior walls of V&A Dundee in Scotland. The winning projects are said to showcase cutting edge examples of innovative engineering solutions.

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, UK, received the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. The coveted accolade is presented to the year’s finest example of structural engineering design.

The judging panel were unanimous in their view about the cable-net roof structure, which is a vital feature of this redevelopment project.

The judges were also impressed by the ingenuity shown by the structural designers in dealing with very challenging constraints and requirements. Structural innovation is evident in the sliding pitch, vast open concourses and an almost impossibly light roof.

Chair of the judges, Professor Tim Ibell, said, “Many congratulations to all the winners and thanks to those who entered the awards. Each year the quality of the projects keeps getting better. This year we saw some excellent examples of the exploitation of digital tools, geometry, choice of materials to improve and enhance structural behaviour and most importantly, the carbon footprint.”

A selected list of the winning projects is below:

The Award for Tall or Slender Structures:

Project: CITIC Tower, Beijing, China

Engineer: Arup


The Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions

Project: Tūranga, Christchurch, New Zealand

Engineer: Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers


The Award for Construction Innovation

Project: Morpheus Hotel, Macau, China

Engineer: BuroHappold Engineering


The Award for Sustainability

Project: La Reference, Ganthier, Haiti

Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan


The Award for Pedestrian Bridges

Project: Tanxishan Glass Landscape Pedestrian Bridge, Zibo, China

Engineer: Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co. Ltd


The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Project: New Tottenham Hotspur stadium

Engineer: BuroHappold Engineering and Schlaich Bergermann Partners

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