City’s new structures shortlisted for awards

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They only opened this year but two of Leeds’s newest buildings have already made their mark in being nominated for a major architectural award.

The city centre’s First Direct Arena and Trinity Shopping Centre have been shortlisted for The Structural Awards 2013, a prestigious international award ceremony which is hosted each year by The Institution of Structural Engineers.

The First Direct Arena, engineered by Arup, was opened in spectacular style last month with a barnstorming performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. Concerts from a host of other big names, including Leonard Cohen and Elton John will follow later in the year.

And the Trinity Centre opened earlier this year and has already enjoyed higher than expected footfall.

It has been nominated for its innovative roof structure, engineered by Sinclair, Knight and Merz.

The award judges said: “The arena’s design is a great example of good engineering overcoming multiple challenges, while the designers of the Trinity Centre’s Gridshell roof structure have produced an efficient and clean design that demonstrates great skill.”

Y.K Cheng, president of the Institution of Structural Engineers, said: “Structural engineers make an absolutely vital contribution ensuring that our urban environments are safe and secure, yet their work often goes unrecognised. The Institution of Structural Engineers holds The Structural Awards each year to showcase the variety of challenging environments in which engineers work and the highly complex structures they help to raise.”

The winners will be announced on Friday November 15.

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