Héctor Beade Pereda
CICCP – CEng MSpICE
Héctor Beade-Pereda is a bridge designer. With a holistic approach to design, both aesthetic and structural, he has been responsible for a number bridge projects. This portfolio contains some of his work from 2000 to 2018.
Héctor Beade-Pereda is a bridge designer with an academic background in structural engineering.
Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to be involved in every stage of the bridge-building process, from conception to construction. Apart from his customary role as a conceptual and structural designer, Héctor has worked as a structural engineer, supervised construction works on-site, provided support to contractors, and has led and managed a number of projects. Such comprehensive expertise in diverse lines of bridge-related work has allowed him to design bridges that, with a fair investment, are structurally coherent, aesthetically pleasant, constructible, durable and sustainable. He has been responsible for the conception of a number bridges, many of them competition-winning designs and innovative solutions, always trying to meet all the project requirements while simultaneously adopting an aesthetically and structurally holistic approach to design. He is committed to excellence in all the work he undertakes, regardless of the magnitude of the challenge. Héctor was awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE), with the IABSE Prize 2016 in recognition of his approach to bridge design.
In addition to his involvement in a variety of bridge projects ranging from small footbridges to world-record High Speed Rail viaducts, Héctor has also been part of the design team of some remarkable unconventional building proposals and has had the chance to collaborate with prestigious architects such as Pritzker Prize-winner Rafael Moneo.
Subsequent to the time he spent in the Structural Mechanics Groups of the School of Civil Engineering in A Coruña upon graduating, Héctor joined Temha, a local structural engineering practice specialised in bridges. This was the first step towards fulfilling his vocational interests. In search of larger ventures, he began working for Arup in Madrid, where he participated in large-scale projects. However, all too often these did not involve bridge-building. For that reason, he decided to join the prestigious Spanish bridge-design firm Arenas & Asociados after being contacted to lead the site unit of supervision of the construction works for the exceptional Third Millennium Bridge in Zaragoza. His contribution to this project was recognised by fib (Fédération International du Béton / International Federation for Structural Concrete) in 2010 with an Outstanding Concrete Structure Award. Héctor has spent the majority of his career working for this firm, specialising in the design of their most exceptional projects. In June 2015 Héctor joined Knight Architects, the prestigious British firm specialising in bridges, where he has had the opportunity to lead a number of exciting bridge projects inside and outside the United Kingdom.
As a regular contributor to the bridge industry, he has written more than fifty articles and papers, participated as a speaker at many conferences and congresses, and delivered a variety of lectures.
Héctor is a chartered member of the Spanish Institution of Civil Engineers (CICCP – SplCE), a member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineers (IABSE), and a member of the Spanish Association of Structural Concrete (ACHE).
Héctor believes that bridge design is a thrilling challenge that comes with great responsibility. Accounting for differences in codes, most bridges should have at least a 100-year service life. That is too long for a bad design. For this reason, ease and speed in design and construction should rarely be considered the central tenets of a bridge project.
Every single bridge is unique and significant, not only the politically-motivated signature ones. Considering that every bridge should have a lifespan of at least 100 years, most bridges will be crossed by countless people, whose experience crossing it will be determined by the quality of the work done on the design and construction of the bridge.
It is Héctor’s belief that beauty is the result of what is right; therefore, the ideal bridge should be not only functional, structurally coherent, aesthetically pleasing, durable and sustainable, but also respectful of the history and culture of the site, appropriate to the environment and of a suitable scale in the specific context. It should also meet any specific boundary conditions (hydraulic, seismic, navigational or wind and impact related), be concerned about detail and be financially viable in the context. A solution that satisfactorily harmonizes all these design requirements need not be a mere pipe dream.
A clear design method and plan are essential to meeting the aforementioned criteria, but they are not enough on their own; in and of themselves. A good design also requires its responsible team (designer and owner) creativity, tenacity, interdisciplinary technical expertise, honesty, and sensitivity to local needs. Just as importantly, it also requires economic and time allocations which fit the characteristics of the problem. This is not to say that solid design is costly by definition. On the contrary, investing in design should guarantee good bridge solutions, but also moderately-cost ones if the overall investment of design, construction and maintenance is considered.
Having this in mind, Héctor has devoted his career to the purpose of providing the society with the best possible bridges, thanks to a holistic, enthusiastic and rigorous approach to design.
Good bridge design helps to build a better world.
This portfolio contains some of the works in which Héctor Beade-Pereda has been involved from 2000 to 2018. His degree of responsibility in these works is outlined in each datasheet.
In most of the cases, the companies he has worked for have been responsible for the conceptual, structural and detailed design of most of these projects. When an architect has also been involved, it is specifically noted in the datasheet.
All the sketches in this portfolio have been drawn by Héctor Beade-Pereda.