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Design Museum roof strengthening paper wins top prize at ICE Publishing Awards

24 May 2022

A study of how the Grade II*-listed roof on the former Commonwealth Institute in London was reinforced has won the Telford Gold for best paper overall.

Design Museum roof strengthening paper wins top prize at ICE Publishing Awards
External view of the Design Museum in Kensington, London. Image shared with permission © Gravity Road

A paper detailing the process of strengthening the roof on the former Commonwealth Institute (now the Design Museum) has won the top prize at the 2022 ICE Publishing Awards.

The Telford Gold-winning paper, Strengthening the 1960s UK Commonwealth Institute hyperbolic paraboloid roof, was written by Sebastian Kaminski, Richard Henley, Nigel Ciuffetelli, Tijl Uijtenhaak, Ian Feltham and David Tall.

Each year, ICE Publishing celebrates the best work published in their journals at the ICE Publishing Awards.

It awards authors from industry and academia who have produced work of exceptional quality that benefits the civil engineering, construction and materials science community.

The authors of this year’s award-winning papers come from over 20 countries and address a wide range of topics and issues.

Repurposing and repairing a sophisticated structure

Internal view of the Design Museum
The Design Museum exhibits contemporary design in various forms, including industrial and architectural design. Image shared with permission © Boegly + Grazia

This year’s best paper was published in Engineering History and Heritage as part of a themed issue on shells.

The journal’s editorial panel said that, although complex, the topics discussed were presented clearly and concisely, providing insight into the challenges addressed and the techniques used.

They said: “The paper addresses key principles for the assessment, repurposing and repair of a sophisticated existing structure.”

“The authors have made an important contribution to the body of knowledge in building conservation. We congratulate them on a first-class paper and on their success in winning this prize,” they said.

Read the papers

Each award-winning paper published after 2002 is free to view on ICE Virtual Library in perpetuity as part of the ICE’s commitment to furthering knowledge and best practice.

Read the full list of winners and the papers
  • Caitlin Flint, publishing marketing manager at ICE Publishing