From sophisticated city offices to elegant bridges, quality is the keyword for the Structural Steel Design Awards’ 53rd year.
Once again, the Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA) have highlighted and rewarded many of the best examples of excellence, ambition and innovation in our built environment. Now celebrating their 53rd year, the 2021 Awards, jointly sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association and Trimble Solutions (UK), continue that great tradition. This year’s collection of entries demonstrate the UK’s excellence in steel design, fabrication and construction.
This year the wide range of projects entered for the scheme included large prestige city office buildings and beautifully designed bridges. The judges were particularly interested in projects that reflected a reuse of existing structures and showed a commitment to reducing a project’s embodied carbon.
Twenty projects made the shortlist, from which judges presented four Awards, seven Commendations and four Merits. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the judging panel, who normally visit the shortlisted entries, had to interview the project teams via Microsoft Teams for the second year running.
The SSDA’s cross-industry judging panel includes: chairman Chris Nash, Bill Taylor and Oliver Tyler representing the Royal Institute of British Architects; Richard Barrett representing the steelwork contracting industry; Paul Hulme representing the Institution of Civil Engineers; and Sarah Pellereau and Professor Roger Plank representing the Institution of Structural Engineers.