British Museum

British Museum

Designed by Foster and Partners, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court transformed the British Museum's inner courtyard into the largest covered public square in Europe. It is a two-acre space enclosed by a spectacular glass roof with the world-famous Reading Room at its centre.

The roof covers an area of 6,000m2 and weighs 800 tonnes (478 tonnes steel / 315 tonnes of glass).

The courtyard is 96m long x 72m wide, equivalent to the size of Wembley football pitch

Structural Engineer: Buro Happold

British Construction Industry Awards Major Project Category

Institute of Civil Engineers - 'Special Award'