Excitement mounts as announcement of Scottish awards winners looms

There is much excitement among the civil engineering industry in Scotland today as they await the announcement of the winners of the 2016 Saltire Civil Engineering Awards in Edinburgh tonight.

The shortlisted projects for the Saltire Awards.
The shortlisted projects for the Saltire Awards.

In a ceremony being held at the National Museum of Scotland, the winners will be unveiled from a shortlist of eleven finalists. This year's awards include brand new categories to mark the Saltire Society's 80th year.

Established in 1981, 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, an award for best project by a Scottish company overseas, and an 'infrastructure' award which recognises excellence in the design and construction of transport, ground or water engineering, energy, waste or regeneration projects.

Previous winners include the £25 million redevelopment of Haymarket Station, The Helix and iconic Kelpies at Falkirk, and the M80 Stepps to Haggs motorway.

BBC Radio Scotland's Mark Stephen will host the ceremony which will include an address by the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP. Magnus Linklater CBE, President of the Saltire Society; and Professor David Balmforth, former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, will present the individual awards.

View the full shortlist