Structural award honour for The Diamond

St George's church reflected in the diamond

Designed by structural engineering firm Arup, the £81 million Diamond building was named best Large Structure by Large Company at the Yorkshire Innovation Awards on 13 October.

The annual awards organised by the Yorkshire Regional Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers, recognises the best new engineering feats in Yorkshire - and the people behind the work.

According to the judging panel “[The Diamond] building showcases innovative engineering at its best through its quality of design and sustainable practice, it is a beacon of striking contemporary architecture and engineering.”

An undergraduate facility for engineering, The Diamond represents the University of Sheffield’s largest ever investment in teaching and learning and houses specialist laboratories, lecture theatres, flexible teaching spaces, workshops, a resource centre and study areas for 5,000 students.

Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice President for Engineering and head of faculty at The University of Sheffield said: "The Diamond was a significant investment for us and we're delighted this has been recognised by the judges. We too are proud of the architecture, our state-of-the-art facilities and specialist laboratories but, more importantly, we are proud of the unique learning and teaching experience that the Diamond offers our engineering students.

“[The Diamond] building showcases innovative engineering at its best through its quality of design and sustainable practice, it is a beacon of striking contemporary architecture and engineering.”

JUDGING PANEL, YORKSHIRE INNOVATION AWARDS 2017

“It was also a delight to work with such a talented group of engineers from Arup - many of whom had studied at the University."

The event, held at the Met Hotel in Leeds saw projects in Sheffield, South Shields and Sandsend recognised. Three projects that were either designed or constructed in the Yorkshire region were recognised for their outstanding innovation.

For more information on the Diamond building visit: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/diamond

For more information on ARUP visit: arup.com