Awards call for Scotland's top engineering projects

The search is on for Scotland's top engineering and construction projects.

Monday, 15th February 2016, 4:35 pm
Updated Monday, 15th February 2016, 4:39 pm
The £25 million redevelopment of Haymarket Station in Edinburgh won top prize in the 2015 Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards.

The Saltire Society has launched its annual Civil Engineering Awards, which celebrate the vital contribution civil engineering makes to Scottish life.

Last year’s overall winner was the £25 million redevelopment of Haymarket Station, Edinburgh, and other previous winners include The Helix Park and iconic Kelpies at Falkirk, and the M80 Stepps to Haggs motorway.

But the awards are not only the reserve of large-scale projects.

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The Kelpies at Falkirk are a past winner.

New categories include the project that most beneficially impacts the people of Scotland and an ‘infrastructure’ award which recognises excellence in the design and construction of transport, ground or water engineering, energy, waste or regeneration projects.

There are also discretionary special awards, which can be awarded by the judging panel in recognition of excellence in buildings, environmental improvements and projects designed by Scottish-based teams but constructed abroad.

Flooding, storm damage and road and bridge closures in recent months have hit the headlines and many of the problems have been resolved by civil engineers.

Commenting on the awards, Saltire Society president Magnus Linklater said: “This is a special year for the Saltire Society as we celebrate our 80th year.

The Kelpies at Falkirk are a past winner.

“It’s also an important year for the built environment in Scotland, being Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. We look forward to a wide variety of civil engineering projects from across Scotland at our special awards ceremony in October.”

Convener of the judging panel and former chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, Gordon Pomphrey, said: “The Saltire Civil Engineering Awards represent a unique opportunity to recognise civil engineering at its best across Scotland and celebrate the achievements of the industry. The history and prestige of these awards always attract entrants of the highest standard and I very much look forward to assessing this year’s submissions.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 25.