Bridges, buildings and a giant telescope support structure are among the winners of this year’s Structural Awards


The Tamina Canyon Crossing at Bad Ragaz in the Swiss canton of St Gallen has received the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the 2018 Structural Awards. The jury, chaired by Tim Ibell, applauded the bridge as an ‘outstanding engineering solution’ and was impressed by the elegance, clarity and economy of the design, noting the efficiency of the structural system, as well as its integration with the spectacular surroundings, commenting “This is a concrete arch design in the best traditions of Christian Menn and Robert Maillart, and the engineers have produced a world class and graceful design”. The awards, organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers, are in their 51st year.

Above: Supreme Award for Structural Excellence, and Award for Vehicle Bridges: Tamina Canyon Crossing in Bad Ragaz, St Gallen, Switzerland; engineer: Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner, Volkhard Angelmaier


Award for Tall or Slender Structures

The Dubai Frame, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (ph: Arcadis)

Engineer: Arcadis Consulting Middle East


Award for Long Span Structures

Reflector Supporting Structural System of the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), Pingtang, China

Engineer: Beijing Institute of Architectural Design


Award for Pedestrian Bridges

Perry Bridge, Horotiu, New Zealand (ph: Saul Osborne Photography)

Engineer: Holmes Consulting


Award for Small Projects (under £1m)

Rwanda Cricket Stadium, Kigali, Rwanda (ph: Jonathan Gregson)

Engineer: Light Earth Designs


Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions

The Stability Frame, Hywind Scotland, Aberdeenshire, UK (ph: Saipem)

Engineer: Saipem


Award for Structural Heritage

Hoover Building, London, UK (ph: Morley von Sternberg)

Engineer: Interrobang


Award for Structural Transformation

Rømerhus, Aarhus, Denmark (ph: Thomas Moelvig)

Engineer: Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma


Award for Construction Integration

V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, London, UK (architect: Amanda Levete Architects, phs: V&A Museum, Hufton & Crow)

Engineer: Arup


Award for Structural Artistry

Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion, Cupertino, California, USA (architect: Foster & Partners)

Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan & Arup


Award for Outstanding Value

New StructureCraft Plant, Abbotsford, Canada 

Engineer: StructureCraft Builders


Award for Sustainability

Haiti Chapel, Haiti (ph: Webb Yates)

Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers

Award for Small Projects (£1-3m) – not shown

Herne Hill Velodrome, London, UK; engineer: Heyne Tillett Steel

Award for Construction Innovation – not shown

Innovative Touring Frame for U2’s ‘Joshua Tree’ 2017 world tour; engineer: Atelier One

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