The Diamond wins award for “innovative engineering”

The Diamond building in Sheffield has won the “Large Structures by a Large Company” award at the Yorkshire Structural Awards.

The event is held every year and is hosted by the Yorkshire Regional Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

Judges described the building as “showcasing innovative engineering at its best through its quality of design and sustainable practice”, as well as saying “it is a beacon of striking contemporary architecture and engineering.”

The £81m building first opened it’s door to University of Sheffield students in 2015 and provides study areas, lectures theatres and computer rooms, as  well as having high tech facilities for engineering students.

Pro-Vice Chancellor of Engineering Mike Hounslow 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 art facilities and specialist laboratories but, more importantly, we are proud of the unique learning and teaching experience the Diamond offers our engineering students.”

“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 Diamond hasn’t always been seen in such a positive light however, having previously been shortlisted as “one of Britain’s ugliest buildings”.

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