CONSULTANT MAUNSELL used the Spitfires in its landmark Sentinel Sculpture to help shoot down the opposition and claim the 2001 Midlands Project Award at the Midlands Association annual awards lunch last month.
Many large and prestigious projects were entered in the competition, sponsored by the Birmingham Post. But it was the £175,000 Sentinel Sculpture designed by artist Tim Tolkein and engineered by Maunsell in Castle Vale, Birmingham - the home of the Spitfire - that most captured the hearts and minds of the judges.
They described the sculpture as 'an excellent example of art in engineering.' It was a 'complicated structure in which no standard solutions can be used, giving the people what they want and improving the built environment and pride in the local habitat.'
The sculpture was commissioned to capture the dynamics of the aeroplane in flight and comprises three half-size Spitfire silhouettes, peeling away from each other in a star-burst formation.
The planes are supported by 25m long curved and tapering galvanised steel 'vapour trail' beams cantilevered from a massive concrete foundation.
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