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Win at HKIE & IStructE Structural Excellence Award 2012!

WSP Hong Kong provided full engineering services to Al Shaqab Equestrian Performance Arena for Qatar Foundation, Qatar, Doha.


We are proud to announce that ‘Al Shaqab Equestrian Performance Arena for Qatar Foundation, Qatar, Doha’, to which WSP Hong Kong provided full engineering services, was voted as the winner of Commendation Merit of the Mainland / Overseas Project at the HKIE & IStructE Structural Excellence Award 2012.

This award was designed to recognize structural achievements in terms of engineering approach, innovation/unusual features, integration with other disciplines, buildability, sustainability, energy efficiency/environmental consideration and aesthetics.

Al Shaqab is Qatar Foundation's (QF) equestrian center of Education City complex in the State of Qatar. It is now the region’s leading equine education resource center and features the breeding of Abrabian horses. The facilities spread out over 980,000 m2. The Performance Arena with a length of almost 350m and a height of 34m acts as the focus of the development, which houses three primary functions; eastern end - warm up arena, western end - indoor performance arena, central area - outdoor performance arena.

The project has obtained the accolade due to its sophisticated structural design incorporating the local environment and climate features.

Dr. Lau Ching Kwong, former Chairman of HKIE, one of the judges of the Award summarized, ‘A single roof solution is created that provided a clear expression of roof as the all-encompassing entity shielding the activities below from the harsh Arabic climate. In addition, the structural engineers also considered the impact from wind-induced & vortex induced vibration and flutter, so a wind tunnel Aerodynamic Stability Study was carried out to minimize the risk of wind-induced vibration.’

The award was announced at Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Joint Structural Division (JSD) of HKIE held in Hong Kong on Thursday 10 May.





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