“Visionary architecture and engineering” – the GAGAs reward excellence

The annual Galvanizing Construction awards, better known as the GAGAs, were held at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on 29 June, with 100 industry professionals from across the UK and Ireland in attendance. The organisers said: “The entrants

proved that a simple and robust technique – which is over 200 years old – can still be harnessed to produce visionary architecture and engineering that integrates innovative design with the benefits of sustainability.” Among the winners was the Greenwich

Low Carbon Energy Centre by CF Møller Architects, which received the Galvanizing in Architecture Award. The centre is the largest new build residential heat network in Europe and forms part of a major urban development initiative on the Greenwich Peninsula. It will save over 20,000 tonnes of carbon every year. “Cultural value was added to the accompanying visitor centre by the reimagining of a standard flue stack as a galvanized work of art.” Snug Architects took home the

Galvanizing in Detail Award for their Milford-on-Sea beach huts design. The best use of a Duplex coating was awarded to Ian Ritchie Architects for the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at University College London, where galvanizing and painting

FLYING CARS BMW sculpture shortlisted for Structural Awards 2017

A sculpture by structural engineers Stuart Holdsworth, Hooman Baghi and Bruno Postle has been shortlisted for this year’s Structural Awards, organised by The Institution of Structural Engineers. The sculpture comprises three swoop-

ing, entangled sculptural steel pieces and was created for the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate BMW’s centenary. The hollow steel shell is “surprisingly lightweight and rigid, pushing the boundaries of form, curvature,

span and slenderness. Everything had to be flawless and perfectly smooth, without so much as a single ripple in the steel.” Now in its 50th year, The Structural

Awards showcases the world’s best engineering structures, highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of structural enginners. The shortlisted 43 projects were selected from 119 projects across the world. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 17 November.

were used to provide visual consistency and a durable and robust fire protective system plus a 60-year lifespan. The Galvanizing in Engineering Award

went to the £14.2m rebuild of Hastings Pier, which saw the replacement of 90 per cent of the historic structure. Galvanized trusses, cross beams and ties were all used in an “ambitious” reconstruction of the pier, which had been neglected for decades before being severely damaged by fire in 2010. The galvanizing is particularly suited to the coastal environment and has secured the pier against future degradation. Another notable winner was Global Rail

Construction, who took home the Sustainability Award for its developments in steel signal structures. The design demonstrates significant cost efficiencies and promises new strategies for reuse and recycling of galvanized steel structures. Speaking of the winning project, Iqbal

Johal, marketing manager of the Galvanizers Association said: “Judging was exceptionally difficult this year due to the calibre of entrants and it is unfortunate that some excellent projects did not cross the winning line. Our winners reinforce the fact that galvanizing is all around us and plays an important role within our built environment.”

C.F. Møller – Greenwhich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre – Images © Mark Hadden




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