20th October 2017

Thomasons wins prestigious structural engineering award for Norton Priory Museum project

Thomasons’ structural design expertise on a project to redevelop Norton Priory Museum in Runcorn has been recognised with a prestigious North West Structural Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers, in the category of most sustainable project.

The President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Ian Firth, presented the award to Jane Entwistle, Technical Director at Thomasons, and Kornel Mielcarek, Structural Engineer, at an award ceremony in Manchester on 6th October.

Norton Priory is designated as a Scheduled Monument and contains the remains of a 12th century monastery, making works highly complex and sensitive. For example, Thomasons’ design of a new structure, to link a Grade I listed undercroft with a 1980s building that houses the museum, needed to protect an important medieval wall beneath the ground. The unique solution involved suspending the glazed front elevation of the link structure from a walkway, instead of supporting it onto the ground.

Frank Hargrave, Director of Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, commented: “I was very impressed with Thomasons’ ability to devise clever and innovative approaches in response to complex structural challenges. Their engineers demonstrated great skill and a genuine concern for protecting this unique site.”