REALIGNMENT OF two railway viaducts on the Portrack railway north of Dumfries has won the Saltire Society overall civil engineering award for 2004.
Judges were impressed that construction took place with minimum disruption to rail services on the connecting West Coast Main Line, while close attention was paid to the environmental impact of the project.
Immediate past president Douglas Oakervee and Saltire Society chairman Ian Scott presented the award to client Network Rail, designer Scott Wilson, contractor Carillion Rail and architect Charles Jencks last month.
Significant deterioration of the original 1875 Portrack viaduct required 1.6km of new track and two new bridges to be built.
The project team was commended for liasing effectively with the local community and for coming up with a bold and interesting design.
The Saltire Society civil engineering award is sponsored by ICE East of Scotland and ICE Glasgow & West of Scotland for projects which advance the art of civil engineering.