First Kelpie parts make their way to Falkirk

The Kelpies will form a centrepiece of the Helix
The Kelpies will form a centrepiece of the Helix

Another milestone for the Helix project was marked today with the delivery of the first parts of the iconic Kelpies.

Over the coming months, the Falkirk skyline will change dramatically with the installation of the two huge, steel-plated sculptures.

Formed in the shape of horses’ heads, they will become a centrepiece of the Helix, the major land transformation project currently under construction between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The component parts are being fabricated by contractor, SHS Structures, at its North Yorkshire yard and the sections being delivered today are framing sections for the ‘head down’ Kelpie on to which stainless steel plates will later be fixed to achieve the vision of artist Andy Scott

The sections were delivered to Falkirk under a transportation order following agreement with 10 regional police forces.

There will be a total of around 100 individual deliveries of Kelpie components to the Helix site over the next four months.

Assembly of the Kelpies is scheduled to begin in the canal hub area of the Helix adjacent to the M9 motorway in June and will be complete by the end of September.

Mike King, programme director for the Helix, said: “It has been hugely impressive to see the fabrication and assembly process at SH Structures’ yard. It emphasises just how significant an undertaking this is in terms of the collaboration with artist, designer, contractors and manufacturer.”