BURO HAPPOLD'S Ian Liddell was awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers' Gold Medal last week for his work in the industry over the last 30 years, not least the design of the Millennium Dome in Greenwich which opened on New Year's Eve.
The Dome also picked up a structural special award at the ceremony in London which saw the achievements of UK structural engineers recognised at a gala lunch.
Four other structural special awards were presented by IStructE president Dr John Roberts: WS Atkins for its Arabian Tower in Dubai, Modus Consulting Engineers for the huge Stadium Australia built for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Hyder Consulting for Stratford Station concourse on the Jubilee Line Extension and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the Jin Mao tower, China's tallest structure.
Structural achievement awards were presented to Ove Arup & Partners for the Lords Cricket Ground media centre in London, to Flint & Neill Partnership for its slender, groundbreaking aluminium extruded deck Lockmeadow footbridge, and to WSP Group for Canning Town station and its glued segmental platform construction on the JLE.
Building Design Partnership won a Structural Heritage Award for its spectacular redevelopment of Neptune Court at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich. This job included the construction of a huge glazed canopy over the historic building supported on the courtyard walls but without transferring any load into them.
(See this week's supplement for the full story of the Dome)