Arup receive solid gold acclaim for Beijing Aquatics Centre

Jun 14, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor

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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