Built environment consultancy Arup has won four of the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Scottish Structural awards, which celebrate the best structural projects completed by Scottish design engineers within the past two years, with afocus on good design, sustainability and environmental responsibility. The firm’s return was remarkable, given that the awards only have ten categories.
Arup’s work on the University of Strathclyde’s Learning and Teaching Building won Best Modern (Post 1960) Building Refurbishment Project. The firm was integral to the creation of this project, delivering the structural engineering design for the refurbishment and adaptive re-use of two existing buildings (one of which is Grade B-listed) with a significant new-build hub building constructed around and between both buildings. Arup’s involvement supported the university in its desire to create a sustainable building that enhances the student experience and places their journey and wellbeing at its heart.
Arup also won the award for Best Clear Span Structure Project for its work, in partnership with Network Rail, on Glasgow’s Queen Street Station (pictured above). The third-busiest railway station in Scotland, Glasgow Queen Street Station’s striking design has made it the figurehead for the continued decarbonisation of Scotland’s railways. According to Arup, the station’s uplifting and inclusive character aims to delight those who use it, celebrating the passengers’ choice of travel on greener, cleaner trains.
The third award that Arup took home was Best Project in Leisure for its work, in partnership with Sovereign Centros on St Enoch Centre – East End Leisure. With a new multi-screen cinema and an additional 9,300 square metres of retail and leisure space, the redevelopment of the St Enoch Centre has created a world-class retail and leisure destination in a key location at the heart of Glasgow city centre.
The final award was Best Specialist Structure Project for the South Portico temporary works at the Scottish National Galleries, which Arup carried out in partnership with Tilbury Douglas. Arup carried out the complex temporary works design of the £17million redevelopment of the galleries, which is one of Edinburgh’s most prominent buildings.
‘We are delighted to be recognised for our efforts and the quality of our skills on these projects,’ said Allan Driscoll, a director at Arup. ‘I’m very proud of the work carried out by our structural engineering teams in the North, as well as across the UK, and would like to thank them and all our project partners for contributing to this achievement.’