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Arup triumphs at top structural awards

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
14 May 2021

Arup sweeps seven accolades at the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Structural Division Structural Excellence Award 2021, including four Grands Awards in project categories.

Shimao Qianhai Center, Shenzhen

Shimao Qianhai Center won the top award in the Mainland/Overseas category. Standing at a height of 300m, the project is the tallest twisted building in China. Inspired by the idea of close cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the tower is formed by four double-curved façades featuring a 45-degree twisting structure. An innovative twisted frame-core wall structure system was developed to realise the building’s unique spiral shape. We also conducted quantitative studies including computational fluid dynamics analysis and wind tunnel tests to optimise the structural performance of the tower.

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Shimao Qianhai Center, Shenzhen © Zhangchao

Central Market Revitalisation project, Hong Kong

A Grand Award winner in the Heritage category, the Central Market Revitalisation project targets to revive the pre-war building into a vibrant retail hub at the heart of the commercial district. We carried out comprehensive structural assessments to understand the loading capacities and condition of the heritage building, and extensive repair works using various technologies and methods to reinstate the building with minimum alternations to its structure and appearance.

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Central Market Revitalisation, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Footbridge Linking Phase 8 and Main Campus

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Footbridge Linking Phase 8 and Main Campus received the highest honour in the Infrastructures & Footbridges (Hong Kong) category. Featuring a unique bow-string arch design with a 68m long main span of suspended deck, the footbridge depicts the elegance and vitality of a leaping fish. The sophisticated structure provides a sense of lightness and minimises the cover and encloser, allowing natural ventilation between the East and West sides of the footbridge. Together with a number of special features for safety and easy maintenance, it creates a safe and comfortable ‘green link’ for the HKPU.

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Footbridge Linking Phase 8 and Main Campus

Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and Associated Works, Hong Kong

Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point and Associated Works, named top in the Non-residential (Hong Kong) category, is the 7th land-based control point that connects with Liantang Control Point in Shenzhen designed to strengthen cross-boundary transport connectivity within the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macau Greater Bay Area. As the first boundary crossing facilities that allow direct access for both passengers and vehicles, the project provides faster and smoother transit and customs clearance processes. A number of unique structural forms and specially designed steel canopy and roof were adopted to enhance robustness of the buildings and achieve environmental goals.

Other award-winning projects included:

  • Chapel of Sound, Beijing – Commendation Merit Awards in the Mainland/Overseas category

  • H Zentre, Hong Kong – Commendation Merit Awards in the Non-residential (Hong Kong) category

  • Black Point Power Station Additional Gas-Fired Generation Unit D1 Project – Finalist in the Non-residential (Hong Kong) category

The annual award aims to recognise outstanding structures and researches and promote excellence in structural engineering through design and construction of buildings, infrastructures, research and application.