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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 launched

The search is on for Scotland's top engineering and construction projects completed in 2015/16 with the launch of the 2016 Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards.

With the closing date at the end of April, 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.

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Awards Ceremony

Our flagship event for the year was attended by more than 100+ industry leaders. ICE Past President Geoff French and BBC Scotland presenter John Beattie hosted the ceremony and announced the winners.

Project Shortlist

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

      Winner

      • 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

      Commendation

      • 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

      Commendation

      • 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

      Commendation

      • 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

      Commendation

      • 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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