2012 National Steel Design Awards

September 17, 2012

AJ+C, HASSELL, Brewster Hjorth and Richard Kirk win at the National Steel Design Awards.

Above: HASSELL, Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand. Joint winner in the Buildings – Large Projects category. Photo: Steve Rendoulis.

Five projects have been recognised at the National Steel Design Awards, with winning structures ranging from a landmark bridge in Melbourne to an indoor sports centre on Milson Island.

Held every second year, the National Steel Design Awards are organised by the Australian Steel Institute.

Brewster Hjorth Architects, CSU Dental School in Wagga Wagga


HASSELL’s Adelaide Oval Western Grandstand and Brewster Hjorth Architects’ School of Dentistry building at the Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga campus were joint winners in the Buildings – Large Projects category.

Of the Western Grandstand, judges commended the design’s “steel intensive” approach to the project, which nevertheless shows deference to the heritage buildings at the Adelaide cricket ground. The School of Dentistry, meanwhile, was described as a “true steel building,” with the architects applying steel in many different ways beyond the building’s frame.

Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium, by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects. Photo by Nic Bailey


Allen Jack + Cottier’s Milson Island Sports Centre was honoured in the Buildings – Small Projects category. Featuring a modular design, the multi-functional sports facility was built with prefabricated steel components that were then assembled on site.

Fitzgibbon Community Centre in Brisbane, by Richard Kirk Architect


Steel strengthening work carried out on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge was the recipient of the Engineering category, while Richard Kirk Architect’s Fitzgibbon Community Centre in Brisbane – wrapped in a skin of weathered steel – was honoured in the Steel Clad Structures category.

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