The bridge engineer who led the design team for Scotland’s Forth Replacement Crossing is to receive the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest individual award today for his exceptional contribution to engineering.
Arup global bridge design practice leader Naeem Hussain will receive the Academy’s Prince Philip Medal for his work on some of the world’s most iconic bridges, which also includes the world’s second longest cable-stay bridge, Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, the Hulme Arch Bridge in Manchester and the Øresund road and rail crossing between Sweden and Denmark.
He was also the designer for the concept and preliminary design of the bridges on the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Link – a 38km bridge and tunnel link in the South China Sea that will form a fixed crossing over the Pearl River Estuary, which includes the elegant Jizhou Bridge.
He has also engineered and managed some of key landmarks, such as the Medway Bridge on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
“To be awarded the Prince Philip Medal is a great honour; not just for me, but also for my colleagues in Arup and the architects we have collaborated with,” said Hussain. “In not accepting perceived design norms, we have helped push the boundaries of what is possible and in the process we have had the privilege of creating some of the most iconic and unique bridges in the world. I hope this has helped enhance the quality of public sector works and that the designs will be enjoyed by future generations.”