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Delayed reaction

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Astragal

Buro Happold celebrated winning the prestigious McRobert Award for innovation in engineering (for its work on the Millennium Dome) at the Science Museum, appropriately enough. The struts and canvas wings of World War I aircraft served as a reminder to guests that this is only the second time in 30 years that the construction sector has come up with something deemed worthy of a prize - generally it's someone like Rolls Royce Aero Engines, which has absolute certainty of programme and product. By contrast, I couldn't help recalling Happold team leader Ian Liddell's pithy description of the Dome as 'an engineering response to indecision'.

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