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Clyde Arc wins Saltire award

Glasgow's iconic Clyde Arc has won the prestigious Saltire Award for civil engineering.

In its 27th year, the award recognises excellence in Scottish civil engineering.

The winner is correctly known as the Finnieston Bridge, but is more commonly known as the Clyde Arc, or the 'Squinty Bridge'.

The 96m steel bowstring asymmetric tied arch bridge was opened in September 2006, and is designed to accommodate the proposed Glasgow tram line.

At his last official function before handing over to David Orr, ICE President Quentin Leiper presented to award to the winning team of Halcrow, Nuttall and clients Glasgow City Council and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.

Compere for the event, BBC Scotland's Heather 'the Weather' Reid said that the judges found the project, "Demonstrated excellence in concept, design and construction and has become a symbol for the regeneration of the Clyde banks area."

The Clyde Arc now joins a select club of Scottish engineering marvels - past Saltire winners include the Falkirk Wheel, the Scalpay Bridge and Ibrox Stadium redevelopment.

Five projects were commended:

The Larkhill – Milngavie line reopening - designed by Scott Wilson Scotland and built by Carillion for Network Rail

The Marine operations Centre, Aberdeen Harbour - designed by SMC PARR architects and Arch Henderson LLP, and built by Sir Robert McAlpine for the Aberdeen Harbour Board.

BBC Scotland new HQ - designed by David Chipperfield architects, Jane Wernick Associates and Faber Maunsell, and built by Bovis Lend Lease for BBC Property.

A82 Lairig Eilde Bridge Replacement - designed by Jacobs, and built by Edmond Nuttall for Transport Scotland.

Stobcross on-ramp refurbishment and strengthening, Kingston Bridge, Glasgow - designed by Glasgow City Council and W A Fairhurst, and built by Graham Construction for Transport Scotland.

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