Double win at the 2018 Structural Awards

Features: Haiti Chapel


Awards season is here and we are thrilled to announce a double win at IStructE's 2018 Structural Awards.

Showcasing cutting edge examples of innovative engineering solutions, Webb Yates Engineers' Haiti Chapel won the award for sustainability, while the Hoover Building, completed by our transdisciplinary arm Interrobang, won the award for Structural Heritage. 

Haiti Chapel 

We worked with Hope Health Action and architect Guylee Simmonds to design the new chapel in Haiti, required to provide a large new community space for services, meetings, counselling and consulting. 

The judges said, “Conceived to be built using locally available trades and materials, the chapel fulfils a useful function in an area that has suffered significant natural disasters. The chapel has been designed to resist seismic action and hurricane wind loads and is an excellent example of a structural design delivering tangible improvements to peoples' lives."

The Hoover Building 

Interrobang’s refurbishment of Grade II*-listed Hoover Building has received considerable recognition. Founding director, Maria Smith commented, "We are thrilled that Interrobang has won its first Structural Award! Only three years after founding this practice within Webb Yates Engineers, with the aim to break down the boundaries between architecture and engineering, it is a huge achievement and we are very grateful and excited about the future."

The judges commented, “This almost 100 year old Art Deco building has struggled to find its identity in the 21st century. The overall renovation and construction costs came in below £2000/m², with immense commercial and cultural value to the project by bringing new life to the building.”

This achievement follows a raft of successes this year - at the Building Awards we won the award for Engineering Consultant of the Year, and at the Construction News Awards we were named Construction Consultant of the Year - and we are delighted our hard work and expertise are being recognised across the industry. Our practice is continuously growing and developing, and we will continue making innovative contributions to built environment and leading the way in engineering and architectural design.  

See the full list of winners here:

See detailed case studies for both Haiti Chapel and The Hoover Building.