Structural Engineering Awards 2018
Last week we had a fantastic evening at the Brewery in London when Energi People attended the Structural Engineering Awards. Our guests for the evening included Chad Bedard (Campbell Reith), Mark Ryan (Gravity Consulting Engineers Ltd.), Martyn Perkins (Evolve Consulting Engineers), Adam Bradshaw (Building Design Partnership), Jonathan Lock (Design4Structures) and Bob Stagg (Consibee).
As well as enjoying great company and plenty of laughs, the team at Energi People were also proud sponsors of one of the awards. It was our 4th year sponsoring a Structural Engineering Award, I think it shows our commitment to the industry and genuine interest in the work our clients and candidates are involved in. This year, congratulations went to Rømerhus by Søren Jensen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma A/S, winners of the Award for Structural Transformation, which we sponsored.
The judges said about this restoration of a commercial building dating from the late 1800s:
“This stylish transformation of a historic town centre building has benefitted immensely from the intelligent design and construction methodology of the structural consultants. Elegant tree columns on new foundations inserted within the original courtyard have been used to support the upper floors, allowing a top-down construction programme that has enabled continuous building occupancy throughout the construction period. By transferring loads from upper floors and replacing lower floors with concrete structures capable of spanning greater distances, the engineers have enabled much of the loadbearing structure to be removed in the retail areas. The resultant conversion of a 19th century building into vibrant and unencumbered retail and office space, where the artistry and intelligence of the structural solutions are fully expressed, is a tribute to the skill of the structural engineers and their close collaboration with the architect.”
Worth a visit if you happen to be in Denmark. It’s one of the inspiring things about the Structural Engineering Awards, it provides us all with a list of new global landmark structures to visit and explore. It’s also interesting to hear directors actually break down what is so impressive about some of these structures and how fine the margins of successful delivery are, as well as broaden our own knowledge of famous structures around the globe. Listening to our guests discussing the various merits of the nominated projects, and the challenges of delivering these structures, really builds our specialist knowledge.
Awards evening are always a chance to socialise with other people in the industry and that is certainly something we find very valuable, and fun! Nights like these help both us and our clients get to know each other on a more personal, relaxed level where work doesn’t dominate the conversation. It’s also great to facilitate the building of professional relationships between our clients, by getting them all round the same table to talk about the industry as a whole and enjoy a few drinks and a nice dinner!
Finally I would just like to say a big thank you to the organisers and hosts, The Institute of Structural Engineers, and congratulate all the winners and those shortlisted on their amazing projects.