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Statue of Unity shortlisted for UK-based structural award

Date: 05 August 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous

Context: The Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, in Gujarat’s Kevadia town has been shortlisted for ‘The Structural Awards 2019’ of the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

 

Highlights:

  • The 182-m-tall statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31st 2018.
  • It is among the 49 structures that will vie for the prestigious award, according to the institution’s website.
  • The awards will be announced at a function in London on November 15.

About the award:

  • The institute has been bestowing this award for best structural designs for the last 52 years.
  • One of the aims of this awards programme is to increase awareness of the important work that structural engineers do.
  • Other structures shortlisted for the award include a sports stadium with a roof made of rotating petals at Hangzhou in China, a 22-m-deep basement beneath a five-star hotel in London and buildings showcasing the world’s best seismic performance in San Francisco, according to the website.
  • Past winners of this award include iconic structures such as Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Severn Bridge in England.

Why this statue was selected?

  • It is considered to be an impressive sculpture by virtue of its scale and location.
  •  It put great demands on the engineers to conquer the challenges such as defining the design loads, selecting the right materials for the right purposes, and handling the uncertainties of geology.
  • The statue, designed by architect Ram Suthar and built by Larsen and Toubro, has a viewing gallery at a height of 150 m which provides visitors a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar dam and its vicinity.