British Constructional Steelwork Association



Pooley NEW Bridge over the River Eamont near Ullswater in Cumbria, 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.

Pooley New Bridge is the permanent replacement for a 250-year-old crossing that was destroyed in 2015 by Storm Desmond.

The team behind the new bridge included Knight Architects; structural engineers GHD; steelwork contractor S H Structures; and main contractor, Eric Wright Civil Engineering. The work was completed for Cumbria County Council.

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: “Ingenuity, innovation and beauty combine in this remarkable replacement for the Grade-II listed stone bridge swept away by floods in 2015. The UK’s first structural stainless steel road bridge, the solution utilises expertly fabricated high strength low nickel alloys to achieve a low maintenance and highly efficient structure. Striking contemporary design in the heart of the National Park.”

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 Pooley New Bridge, which is both sensitive to the surroundings and hugely innovative.

“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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