British Constructional Steelwork Association



Glasgow Queen Street Station has received a prestigious Award in the 2021 Structural Steel Design Awards, sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd.

The team behind the major revamp of the station, which delivered a 90 per cent increase in its passenger capacity, included architects BDP and IDP; structural engineer Arup; and main contractor, Balfour Beatty. The work was completed for Network Rail.

The Structural Steel Design Awards, now in their 53rd year, are sponsored by the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) and Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd.

They recognise the excellence of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the field of steel construction, particularly demonstrating its potential in terms of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, aesthetics and innovation.

Commenting on the project, the judges said: “Providing a 90% increase in passenger capacity, this major redevelopment above the low-level platforms was completed whilst the station remained fully functional. It has transformed a drab, unpopular station into one which restores the Victorian train shed and provides an impressive contemporary frontage onto Glasgow’s principal square. An exceptional achievement.”

Dr David Moore, CEO of BCSA, said: “It is a pleasure to celebrate the ingenuity of our steel construction industry, and the shortlisted projects were all of a great standard.

“Congratulations to the whole team behind this major project which has delivered an extraordinary improvement to the station.

“After a difficult year, the Structural Steel Design Awards show that the steel construction industry here in the UK and Ireland is still innovating, and I look forward to seeing more outstanding projects in 2022.”



Contact: Josh Mason on 01325 363436


1.The Structural Steel Design Awards

The scheme, introduced in 1969, recognises the high standards of structural and architectural design attainable in the use of steel and its potential in terms of sustainability, cost-effectiveness, aesthetics and innovation.

The Awards promote the innovative use of steel by rewarding outstanding projects to stand as an example to others. The Awards are run annually and are open to structural steelwork projects both in the UK and overseas, which employed a UK or Irish steelwork contractor in their construction. Projects must have been completed in the two years prior to the year of entry. The independent judging panel for the SSDA comprises representatives from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Royal Institute of British Architects

2.SSDA Judges

ØChris Nash BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA FRSA - Chairman of the Panel

Representing the Royal Institute of British Architects

ØRichard Barrett MA(Cantab)

Representing the Steelwork Contracting industry

ØPaul Hulme BEng(Hons) CEng FICE

Representing the Institution of Civil Engineers

ØSarah Pellereau MEng CEng MIStructE

Representing the Institution of Structural Engineers

ØProfessor Roger Plank PhD BSc CEng FIStructE MICE

Representing the Institution of Structural Engineers

ØBill Taylor BA (Hons) DipArch MA RIBA FRSA

Representing the Royal Institute of British Architects

ØOliver Tyler BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Representing the Royal Institute of British Architects

3.About BCSA

The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) has been representing the UK constructional steelwork sector for over a century. It is a focal point at a local, national and international level for the constructional steelwork sector. Acting as the sector’s representative body it drives forward the sector’s priorities to the wider construction industry. Its principal objectives are to;

Promote the use of structural steelwork in the UK and Ireland

Demonstrate the capabilities and expertise of its members

Support its members with professional services and advice.

Represent its members interests to Government and the wider construction sector.

BCSA represents:

Steelwork Contractors: Who undertake the design, fabrication and erection of steelwork for all forms of construction in building and civil engineering.

Industry Members: Who support steelwork contractors through the direct supply of components, materials or products.

Corporate Members: Who are clients, professional offices, educational establishments that support overall industry efficiency and good practice.

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4.About Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

Tekla software solutions for advanced BIM and structural engineering are produced by Trimble. Trimble’s construction offering ranges from total stations to advanced software, giving the industry tools to transform planning, design, construction and operation of buildings. Tekla software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration. Information on Tekla software can be found at

Press contact: Marian Thomasson, UK Marketing Manager

T: +44 (0)113 887 9790


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