STRENGTHENING and re-alignment of Glasgow's Kingston Bridge has scooped the prestigious 2001 Saltire Civil Engineering Award.
Consultant Gifford and Partners and contractor Balfour Beatty picked up the top prize from ICE president Mark Whitby at last month's awards ceremony, held at Edinburgh's Museum of Scotland and hosted by BBC Scotland environment correspondent Louise Batchelor.
The Saltire Civil Engineering Awards were established in 1988 and are supported by the Scottish Executive Environment Department, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the ICE, the Association of Consulting Engineers, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Scotland) and the Building and Civil Engineering Benefit Schemes.
The awards celebrated the Saltire Society goals, which was established in 1936 'to conserve and promote all aspects of Scottish cultural life and to help restore the country to its rightful place as a creative force in European civilisations'.
The awards were revamped last year, with five separate categories introduced. This year, commendations were awarded in four of the categories as follows:
Category 1: Projects Kingston Bridge strengthening, Glasgow, Almond Valley, Seafield and Esk waste water treatment, Edinburgh.
Category 3: Construction A90 Cramond New Bridge strengthening, Edinburgh.
Category 4: Conservation Dalginross Bridge strengthening, Perthshire.
Category 5: Environment Almond Valley, Seafield and Esk waste water treatment, Edinburgh and Perth flood prevention scheme, Perth.