Structural Awards 2020 showcase
Earlier this year we submitted three of our projects across two categories in The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Structural Awards 2020. As things are a little different this year due to Covid-19, IStructE are showcasing all submissions online.
The Sustainable leadership category are showcasing projects that championed sustainable techniques, retained existing structures, embraced the circular economy, and benefited society.
York House, an eight-storey refurbishment, and extension scheme providing flexible co-working space. The existing building was refurbished across all floors. Meeting rooms, open plan areas, reception, café, bike storage and changing facilities were all created. At the front, a new CLT extension was added. The existing structure was also extended at roof level with a cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure.
Wooden Roof, a collaboration with Tsuruta Architects, is a replacement of an existing lean-to conservatory in a Grade II listed building. The timber roof beams are fabricated with a saw-toothed ridge that creates facets in the glazing. This facilitates rainwater run-off to the drainage channels. To reduce the depth of the roof and maximise headroom, the timber is left exposed acting as both the structure and finish.
The Challenging construction category are showcasing structures that overcame challenging site conditions, extreme environmental factors and short construction sequences.
North Terminal Mezzanine, a new mezzanine structure of approximately 700sq.m constructed in a live airport departure lounge. The mezzanine is supported entirely by the existing structure with no new columns or foundations. It was coordinated carefully with both architectural and MEP design to maximise the space available. Construction went ahead without interrupting airport operations.