Ahead of the 2018 Structural Awards - the world’s foremost celebration of structural engineers which is taking place this Friday - let's have a closer look at the Webb Yates Engineers' projects that have been shortlisted:
Haiti Chapel – shortlisted in two categories; Sustainability and Structures in Extreme Conditions
Webb Yates Engineers worked with charity Hope Health Action and architect Guylee Simmonds to design a new chapel, required to provide a large new space for services, meetings, counselling and consulting. The design of the chapel responds to the challenges of both seismic activity and hurricanes, combined with a lack of good quality building materials and experienced labour.
168 Upper Street – Shortlisted in the category for Small Projects (of between £1-3 million)
This mixed-use building occupies a former bomb site and forms the missing piece of a 19th century parade. The form is a full-height double-skin hollow shell, cast in-situ from a terracotta pigmented concrete mix. Up to half a metre thick, this simple but monolithic cast performs as load-bearing structure, external and internal finishes and thermal envelope.
The Hoover Building - shortlisted in the Structural Heritage Category
A Grade II listed Art Deco building converted from an office to 66 homes. The project required careful and considered design, complementing the historic fabric and utilising the existing structure while converting the building by adding additional levels between the existing floor slabs. Existing and proposed loads were carefully balanced with a timber-framed solution, designed to shift the additional weight to locations that could support it.
See full shortlisted projects here; https://www.istructe.org/awards/the-shortlist