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Arup wins at top structural award

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
6 May 2019

Arup scooped four accolades at the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Structural Excellence Award 2019, including a Grand Award for Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s largest heritage conservation project.

Organised by the HKIE Structural Division, the annual award recognises excellence in structural engineering and achievement by structural engineers in Hong Kong.

Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong

Tai Kwun, named top in the Hong Kong projects – Heritage category, is Hong Kong’s largest-ever revitalisation project. Arup’s structural engineers have successfully retained, repaired and strengthened the 16 historic buildings for adaptive re-use. With the addition of two iconic buildings for art exhibitions and performances, the former Central Police Station compound, with its 170 years of history, was transformed into a new art and cultural centre.

Tai Kwun (Hong Kong Central Police Station) Tai Kwun (Hong Kong Central Police Station)
Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong

Two other Arup-engineered projects in Beijing, CITIC Tower (also known as China Zun) and Serpentine Pavilion, are both awarded with the Commendation Merit Award in the Mainland/overseas category.

CITIC Tower, Beijing

With Arup’s services, CITIC Tower is the tallest building in the capital city with a height of 528m, setting the new height record in the high seismic zone. Located at the heart of Beijing’s new CBD extension with the design inspired by traditional Chinese ritual vessel ‘zun’, CITIC Tower’s smooth vertical curve gives the building a contemporary and elegant expression that accommodates more high-value floor area at the top levels and provides structural stability at the base. 

CITIC Tower, Beijing (C)Wentao CITIC Tower, Beijing (C)Wentao
CITIC Tower, Beijing (c)Wentao

Serpentine Pavilion, Beijing

The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing was a temporary public space, located just 600m from the Forbidden City, for cultural activities, events and social encounters for all to enjoy from May to October 2018.  Inspired by an archer’s bow, the pavilion comprised a series of arched cantilever members stretched into position by tension wire cables to create its unique super-slender structural form.

Serpentine Pavilion (c)Hongkong Land Serpentine Pavilion (c)Hongkong Land
Serpentine Pavilion, Beijing (c) HongKong Land

Meanwhile, the southern section viaducts of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link and Victoria Dockside, two projects that Arup has provided structural engineering service, are awarded with a Grand Award (Infrastructures and Footbridges category) and shortlisted as a Finalist (Non-residential category) respectively.