Arup receive solid gold acclaim for Beijing Aquatics Centre

June 14, 2009

International engineering and design firm, Arup, win the UK’s most prestigious engineering prize

Arup have been awarded the MacRobert Award, the UK’s most prestigious award for engineering innovation, for the Beijing Aquatics Centre, or ‘Water Cube’. The award includes a solid gold MacRobert Award medal and a £50,000 prize presented by HRH Duke of Edinburgh.

Dr Geoff Robinson, Chairman of the MacRobert Award Judging Panel, commented: ‘The Water Cube was a stunning showpiece of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Its breathtaking architecture is matched by engineering innovations in fabrication, materials and environmental management, and a project schedule that many regarded as impossible.’

The team members sharing the prize are: Project Director Tristram Carfrae, Structural Engineer Mark Arkinstall, Building Modeller Stuart Bull, Sustainability Energy and Facade Engineer Haico Schepers and Fire Engineer Marianne Foley, all from Arup’s Sydney office.

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