Structural steel design awards

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The objective of the Structural Steel Design Awards is to celebrate the excellence of the United Kingdom in the field of steel construction, particularly demonstrating its potential in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation.

Each year the awards scheme attracts many excellent entries from widely ranging projects. Successful projects are expected to have a minimum threshold of excellence in architectural and engineering terms and to be cost effective. Each year’s entries reflect the increasingly high standards that are being achieved, not only in design and all aspects of fabrication, but also in short construction programmes and accuracy on site.

2018 saw the 50th Structural Steel Design Awards jointly sponsored by BCSA and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd. To mark the occasion, BCSA gathered together details of all the previous Award-winning projects and presented them as a montage of images here. Clicking on the project name below each image reveals further project details, images and the judges’ comments.

The Structural Steel Design Awards

with contributions from:

  • Sarah McCann-Bartlett, Director General, BCSA
  • David Lazenby CBE, now former Chair of the Judging Panel
  • Professor Roger Plank, ex-Sheffield University, member of the Judging Panel
  • Bill Taylor, Partner, Robin Snell and Partners, member of the Judging Panel
  • Ivor Roberts, now Past President, BCSA

[top]Operation of the awards

The Awards are open to steel based structures situated in the United Kingdom or overseas that have been built by UK or Irish steelwork contractors. They must have been completed and be ready for occupation or use during the two calendar years immediately preceeding the year for which the projects are submitted for the awards.

Previous entries are not eligible.

[top]Judging criteria

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The judging panel selects award winners after assessing all entries against two key criteria: planning and architecture, and structural engineering.

[top]Planning and Architecture

  • Satisfaction of client’s brief, particularly cost effectiveness
  • Environmental impact
  • Architectural excellence
  • Durability
  • Adaptability for changing requirements through its life
  • Efficiency of the use and provision of services
  • Conservation of energy


[top]Structural Engineering

  • Benefits achieved by using steel construction
  • Efficiency of design, fabrication and erection
  • Skill and workmanship
  • Integration of structure and services to meet architectural requirements
  • Efficiency and effectiveness of fire and corrosion protection
  • Innovation of design, build and manufacturing technique


[top]How to enter

For details of how to enter and more information on the judging process, please download an entry form.

Why enter?
If your project is shortlisted, your company would have the kudos of being part of a prestigious Awards scheme - one with a long history, focused solely on steel construction and the only one where expert judges visit every shortlisted project to truly appreciate its qualities. In addition, you’ll receive:

  • Free publicity for you, your project and your client, both online and in the construction press.
  • Free attendance at a major Awards event in central London for your project team.
  • Recognition of excellence for your project, be it large or small.


How to succeed?
Plan ahead and involve the whole project team from the outset in preparing a high-quality submission, don’t leave it to the last minute. Read the entry criteria and particularly the ‘Submission Material’ section on the entry form and provide exactly what is required, nothing more, nothing less. In addition:

  • High quality photos will portray you project at its best.
  • A well written, flowing description of the context, concept design, outstanding features and key construction details will allow the judges to swiftly appreciate the essence of your project.
  • Broad representation from all parties at the judges’ visit will demonstrate collaboration and enthusiasm.

[top]Structural steel design awards 2019

Full details of the 2019 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2019 brochure produced by the BCSA and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd in association with Kovic Design Limited.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Merits


[top]Structural steel design awards 2018

Full details of the 2018 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2018 brochure produced by the BCSA and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd in association with Kovic Design Limited.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Merits


[top]Structural steel design awards 2017

Full details of the 2017 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2017 brochure produced by the BCSA and Steel for Life in association with Kovic Design Limited.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Merits


[top]Structural steel design awards 2016

Full details of the 2016 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2016 brochure produced by the BCSA and Steel for Life in association with Kovic Design Limited.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Merits


[top]Structural steel design awards 2015

Full details of the 2015 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2015 brochure produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel in association with Kovic Design Limited.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Certificates of Merit


[top]Structural steel design awards 2014

Full details of the 2014 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2014 brochure produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel in association with Barrett, Byrd Associates.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Structural steel design awards 2013

Full details of the 2013 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2013 brochure produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel in association with Barrett, Byrd Associates.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Structural steel design awards 2012

Full details of the 2012 award winning projects, the judging panel and the other finalists are available in a special SSDA 2012 brochure produced by the BCSA and Tata Steel in association with Kovic Design Limited.

[top]Awards


[top]Commendations


[top]Previous awards

For details of the Awards, Commendations and Certificates of Merit from previous years back to 1998, click here.