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Saltire Civil Engineering Awards 2016
The premier showcase for engineering excellence in Scotland

ICE Scotland's annual Awards run in partnership with the Saltire Society, celebrated outstanding engineering achievements in Scotland. Civil engineering is about creating, improving and protecting the world in which we live.

Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards 2016 Shortlist

2016 shortlisted projects
2016 shortlisted projects

The winners of the 2016 Awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the National Museum of Scotland on Tuesday 25 October, 2016.

Eleven entries have been shortlisted and this year's Awards include brand new categories to mark the Saltire Society's 80th year.

The Saltire Society Awards, run in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, shine a light on the vital contribution civil engineers make to Scottish life but are not reserved for large-scale projects.

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.

The Shortlist

A82 Pulpit Rock Realignment

  • Client: Transport Scotland
  • Designer: Tony Gee and Partnerd LLP
  • Contractor: McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd
  • Client representative: Aecom

The A82, on the shores of Loch Lomond, was reduced to single lane operation under traffic lights for over 30 years following a land-slip at Pulpit Rock. This project involved road-widening over the 400m-long pinch point. Lying within Loch Lomond National Park meant significant environmental constraints, including inability to access the loch and utilise marine plant. Journey times along the loch have improved by up to 30 minutes at peak tourist season.

Lamington Viaduct Emergency Works

  • Client: Network Rail
  • Designer: Jacobs
  • Designer: Donaldson Associates
  • Contractor: AMCO Rail

Lamington Viaduct, 6.5 miles west of Biggar, South Lanarkshire, carries the West Coast Mainline cross-border rail route over the River Clyde. During unprecedented storm weather conditions the Clyde reached its highest ever level. Record water flows caused extensive scour damage to the structure. There began a challenging race against time to save the structure and re-establish train services.

Dundee Waterfront

  • Client: Dundee City Council
  • Engineer: Dundee City Council
  • Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
  • Others: Fairhurst, Jacobs

The Dundee Central Waterfront project, costing £25.5 million, is the central pillar in the City's regeneration plans. The regeneration aims to create 4800 jobs and over £500 million of investment. The overall objective of the project is to create a quality waterfront location and reconnect the City Centre with the River Tay.

Forth Road Bridge: Truss End Links Repair

  • Client: Transport Scotland
  • Contractor/Designer: Amey
  • Technical Advisors: Arup, Fairhurst

The identification of fractured steelwork in a 'truss end link' led to the Forth Road Bridge's closure to all traffic on 3 December, 2015. The response of the Contractor and Clients engineering teams enabled reopening ahead of programme under extreme media, political and public scrutiny. These unparalleled achievements were followed and acknowledged by millions on social media and complimented within the Scottish Parliamentary Inquiry report.

Wamphrey Culvert

  • Client: Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
  • Designer: WS Atkins Ltd
  • Contractors: AMCO Rail

Replacement of the existing River Wamphray culvert under the West Coast Main Line. Serious flooding issues caused occasional line closures. The original culvert presented a barrier to fish trying to reach spawning grounds further upstream and was unable to deal with water volumes during wet periods. Property flooding and significant scour erosion to the railway embankment ensued. The new fish pass opens up significant new spawning habitats and significantly increases the capacity of water that can flow under the West Coast Main Line.

Gourock Pierhead Re-development

  • Client: Riverside Inverclyde
  • Contractor: RJ McLeod
  • Designer: Fairhurst
  • Landscape architects: Hirst Landscape Architects

Riverside Inverclyde was established to lead the regeneration of the area and, following projects to significantly refurbish the waterfront open-air lido complex and the nearby railway station, the organisation next established a project to fully regenerate the Gourock waterfront which runs adjacent to the town centre. Prior to the project, the waterfront was completely derelict and inaccessible to the public.

River South Esk Restoration (Pearls in Peril)

  • Client: Scottish Natural Heritage, ESK District Salmon Fisheries Board, Pearls in Peril Life+ Fund
  • Engineer: Envirocentre (Glasgow)
  • Contractor: VHE Construction plc

The River South Esk is a designated Special Area of Conservation with internationally important populations of freshwater pearl mussel and Atlantic salmon. The project is expected to have positive effects with regards to restoring natural process and the habitat. Boulder removal also allowed the river to re-establish its natural flood plains. The remoteness of the location made plant access and working conditions very challenging.

Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme

  • Client: The Moray Council
  • Designer: Royal Haskoning DHV
  • Quantity Surveyor: Arcadis
  • Contractor: Morrison Construction

This £86 million scheme took four years to build and comprises a series of works along the River Lossie through Elgin. By removing constrictions, setting back flood defences and increasing flood capacity, it alleviates flood risk for some 750 residential and 250 business properties. The scheme has also extended and enhanced recreational facilities in the river corridor, including new cycleways linking communities.

Seabraes Pedestrian & Cycle Bridge

  • Client: Dundee City Council
  • Designer: Aecom
  • Architect: Nicoll Russell Studios
  • Contractor: Morgan Sindall Plc
  • Steelwork Contractor: SH Structures

The Seabraes Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge in Dundee was constructed to improve pedestrian access to the waterfront. The new bridge offers a direct link between the river frontage, the digital media park within the former rail goods yard at Seabraes and the university district beyond, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to avoid a 1.5km detour when journeying between those areas.

Ngau Tam Mei to Tai Kong Po tunnels

  • Client: Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC)
  • Engineer & Designer: Donaldson Associates Limited
  • Contractor: Kier, Kaden & OSSA JV

Scottish engineering expertise radically improved the reference design of this 26km drill and blast tunnel, part of a high-speed rail linking Hong Kong and China. Existing cost and programme design benefitted and risk was reduced. The adopted design delivered significant economic benefits to the Client, the Joint Venture and the designer. Working collaboratively, engineers demonstrated that by relocating the largest cavern a safer and more efficient solution was possible.

Winchburgh Tunnel, Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP)

  • Client: Network Rail
  • Consultant: Morgan Sindall
  • Contractor: Rhomberg Sersa
  • Contractor: Babcock

The works on the 150-year-old Winchburgh Tunnel are part of the overall EGIP (Glasgow Edinburgh Improvement Programme). The tunnel had a number of technical constraints limiting train type, and leading to other maintenance and operation problems. To allow for electrification the geometry of the inside of the tunnel required to be modified and the track lowered. The project included improvements to other on-going issues caused by the location, geometry and drainage.

The 2015 Awards Entries

Find out about all the projects that were shortlisted for the Saltire Awards 2015.

Learn more about the 17 shortlisted projects

2015 Winners

Seventeen projects were shortlisted by our judges with one overall winner and 4 commendations. Below are this year's Saltire Civil Engineering Awards 2015.

  • Haymarket Station Capacity Improvement

    Haymarket station refurbishment


      • Client: Network Rail
      • Consultant: CH2M Hill
      • Contractor: Morgan Sindall
      • Architect IDP: Architects

      The £25 million redevelopment of Edinburgh's Haymarket Station - Scotland's fourth busiest railway station - includes the refurbishment of an existing Grade A listed station building and a major extension to accommodate a predicted 6 million increase in passenger numbers by 2030.

    Innovative construction methods, including the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), were used to ensure no impact on the 12,000 passengers and 800 train movements through the station daily.

    The new concourse building bridging the platform rail lines was constructed in a former car park adjacent to the station and the two 110 tonne modules were lifted into place during night time possessions.

    This innovative solution reduced the programme of works by 46 weeks as well as ensuring all work was undertaken while the station was fully operational and without disruption to train services.

    The frame of the new station being moved into place.
    The frame of the new station being moved into place.
    The new, spacious concourse
    The new, spacious concourse
    School chrildren build the ICE's Bridge to Schools bridge
    School chrildren build the ICE's Bridge to Schools bridge
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  • Ullapool Harbour Berth Improvements

    Ullapool Harbour


      • Client: Ullapool Harbour Trustees/Caledonian Maritime Assets
      • Designer: Wallace Stone LLP
      • Contractor: RJ McLeod Ltd

      An increase in traffic, following the introduction of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) and the introduction of a new vessel, the MV Loch Seaforth, which is substantially larger in capacity and displacement tonnage than the existing ferry, were the key drivers behind this project.

    The initial design solution of a cross tied combi wall was abandoned when it became clear that up to 40% of all ferry sailings could be lost during construction of the pier extension resulting in unacceptable loss of revenue to local economies. Lateral thinking led to the development of an ingenious solution - the offsite construction of a concrete caisson in Greenock which was then towed to Ullapool and sunk into position on the prepared sea bed.

    The successful preparation of the caisson foundation and the installation of the caisson at the first attempt without any disruption to ferry sailings are testament to excellent planning and the skills of the project team.

    Constructing the new pier blocks
    Constructing the new pier blocks
    A finished block ready to be floated into position
    A finished block ready to be floated into position
    The finished blocked moved by sea into position
    The finished blocked moved by sea into position
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  • Borders Railway

    Borders Railway track laying


      • Clients: Transport Scotland; Network Rail
      • Principal Contractor: BAM Nuttall

      This new Borders Railway line, the longest new domestic rail line to be built in the UK for over 100 years, is reconnecting the Borders to the national rail network and bringing investment and housing back to areas that have suffered population loss. It has seven new stations, 61km of track including 3 passing loops and capacity for further dualling and electrification has been built in.

    The railway follows 45 km of the original route and 5 km of new route, passing beneath Edinburgh City bypass before rising up over a new 90 metre bridge across the existing Lothianbridge viaduct and out into the country where some 95 bridges have been regenerated along with 2 tunnels and 42 new structures have been installed. This was a challenging project extending over a 30 mile distance from brownfield urban areas to outstanding areas of natural beauty.

    Every viable existing structure was retained after careful examination and survey. Tunnels and bridges were lowered to accommodate overhead line capacity. The project demonstrates an exceptional commitment to collaboration and coordination and communication with its stakeholders. The social and economic benefits the completed project will bring to the area it serves will be immense.

    Construction of a new railway bridge
    Construction of a new railway bridge
    Working to intall new track in one of the tunnels
    Working to install new track in one of the tunnels
    Final checks being made to one of the bridges
    Final checks being made to one of the bridges
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  • Hampden Park Redeveloment Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

    Hampden park stadium


      • Client: Glasgow 2014
      • Contractor: WH Malcolm Ltd
      • Architect: Holmes Miller

      The temporary transformation of Scotland's National Stadium to host track and field and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony was achieved by raising the playing surface by almost two metres, gaining the width and length required for an IAFF approved athletics track.

    Engineers pioneered a raised deck system made up of 1,200 base panels supported by over 6,000 structural steel posts and weighing over 1000 tonnes.

    The first time this technology has been used on this scale to deliver a world class athletics event, the approach is already being termed as the 'Glasgow Solution' in worldwide athletics circles, with widespread interest in the potential it creates for a range of venues to host world-class athletics events at stadia which are not purpose built.

    The effects of a small force event producing large movement were exemplified by the swaying of the Millennium Bridge in London, and the potential effects of resonance and frequency on the athletes was addressed thanks to an exceptionally high level of initiative and original thinking on the part of the designers.

    Work on the new raised deck system
    Work on the new raised deck system
    Refurbishing the staium ready for the Commonwealth Games
    Refurbishing the staium ready for the Commonwealth Games
    The stadium during the games
    The stadium during the games
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  • River Ness Flood Allevation

    River Ness flood allevation


      • Client: Highland Council
      • Designer: Mott MacDonald
      • Contractors: Coffey Group, Morgan Sindall, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd

      The River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme provides flood protection to over 1000 properties in the heart of Inverness and reconnects the riverfront with the city centre. The historic riverside environment has been enhanced making it attractive and accessible and promoting active travel.

    The primary flood defence is a number of reinforced concrete retaining walls with much of the hard engineering hidden under the new streetscape with mature trees and river banks retained to maintain the natural look of the area.

    A practical civil engineered solution to a serious problem, which is also an asset for Inverness to be enjoyed for generations to come.

    New flood wall to help prevent major flooding
    New flood wall to help prevent major flooding
    Protecting more than 1000 properties from flooding
    Protecting more than 1000 properties from flooding
    Gates in the wall to allow people to pass through
    Gates in the wall to allow people to pass through
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