Tower's just tops say constructors

Designers responsible for Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower have received a commendation at an annual awards ceremony.

International engineering consultancy group Scott Wilson received its award in the arts, leisure or entertainment structures category for the Spinnaker Tower at the Structural Awards 2006.

The judges said of the tower: 'Many aspects of this complex structure were designed without reference to the usual codes and model testing was essential for understanding and quantification of wind effects.

'Given its form and situation, the structure is among the finest observation towers in the world and is the centrepiece of Portsmouth's harbour regeneration project.'