The Iron Market, Haiti

The earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused extensive damage to the Iron Market, which is both an historic building (dating from 1889) and an essential part of the local economy.

The landmark central tower of the market remained standing, although leaning visibly after all four legs slipped off their foundation stones. The adjacent market hall was severely damaged at one end.

We worked alongside John McAslan Architects, preparing the engineering strategy for its restoration. The completed project was entered for the Institution of Structural Engineers Awards in 2012. It won the Sustainability Award and a Commendation in the Heritage Award. The judges commented “…the structural engineer demonstrated sound but novel engineering judgement to develop solutions appropriate to the context…“ and “Appropriate innovation had to be born out of basic structural principles, as was beautifully demonstrated in the case of the clock tower.“