Arup celebrates wins at UK RAEng Awards

30 Jun 2017

Arup has picked up awards in two categories – young engineer of the year and major project of the year – at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Awards (RAEng) in the UK.

The multidisciplinary project team for Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena has been recognised for its contribution to designing Scotland’s largest entertainment venue. The arena has been credited with helping strengthen Glasgow’s successful bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Arup provided structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, lighting and fire engineering expertise to help deliver the 12,500 seat amphitheatre-style arena. The team worked closely with architects Foster + Partners to overcome challenges during the design and installation of the 125 metre clear span tilted roof. The arena achieved a ‘Very Good BREEAM” sustainability rating and has the one of the largest LED lighting schemes ever installed in Scotland.

“Receiving the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Major Project Award is a very high accolade. It’s great recognition for something that was part of our lives for such a long time. It was an amazing achievement to complete a scheme so complex, both technically and commercially, and to see it now hosting acts that are pushing the boundaries of what an entertainment venue can offer. The whole team is very proud.”

- Ian Lumsden, SEE Hydro Team Leader, Arup

Chartered geotechnical engineer Frank O’Leary was named RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year, which recognises individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career.

Frank joined Arup in 2014 and is currently working on excavating a 5-storey basement beneath a Grade-II listed hotel in central London.

Frank has recently secured funding to develop an interpretation method to test the integrity of pile foundations using fibre optics - a safer and more thorough method. He will be supervising a PhD student applying the method in practice at Cambridge University in September. Frank’s own PhD research analyses the time-dependent behaviour of retaining walls in clay, which he has used to great effect on deep excavation projects.

“Frank is an exceptionally capable and driven engineer who has excelled in all of the varied and challenging roles he has undertaken at Arup. Not only is Frank’s commitment to his project and research work remarkable, he is committed to the profession and takes every opportunity to give back to the industry.”

- Tim Chapman, Infrastructure London Leader, Arup