Structural Awards 2021!

Dinosaur Bridge

Structural Awards 2021 – a fantastic evening celebrating the extraordinary work of Structural Engineers across the world!

The winners and commended projects were announced during The Structural Awards ceremony, held at The Brewery, London in November 2021.

Montcalm at The Brewery
structural awards 2021


We were thrilled to see a project that we worked on with Capital Piling “Swing Bridge to Dinosaur Island” win a “Commendation” under the Pedestrian Bridges category.

Dinosaur Bridge

The “Dinosaur Bridge” – An Unusual Foundation

john staves

Talking about the design, John Staves noted, “An unusual project with unique foundation design issues.  The swing bridge created greater lateral loads than normal, in varying orientations, and the desired effect meant the foundation was in a lake bed!  

We used a screwpile solution because they could be driven through water, and splayed the piles outwards to provide adequate lateral resistance and create separation between the bearing helices”.

dinosaur bridge
dinosaur bridge

The evening culminated in the presentation of The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence which was awarded to two projects;

  • Holmes Consulting, repair and restoration of Christchurch Town Hall, new Zealand following the devasting earthquakes in 2020
  • Buro Happold, moveable bridge Lille Langebro, Copenhagen harbour

Congratulations to all the winners!