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Saltire civil engineering awards 2011

For 30 years the Saltire Awards have been showcasing all that is best in Scottish civil engineering. This year’s schemes show the industry continuing to set new standards.

Overall winner: Rosyth CVF Infrastructure Upgrade


The upgrading of the dock infrastructure at Rosyth to allow it accommodate
a new class of aircraft carrier has been given the top award for construction in this year’s 30th anniversary Saltire Society Awards for Civil Engineering.

An existing drydock was widened and strengthened to allow the building of the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. Further extensive alterations involving work as much as 25m below sea bed level were undertaken at the dock complex entrance.

“This work required an exceptionally high level of construction expertise, involving considerable co-operation between the client, designers and contractors,” said judging panel convenor John Carmichael.

“The £48M scheme was delivered over a two-year construction programme and ensures long term continuity of work for thousands working in the Dockyard.”


Client  Babcock Marine

Nominator Michael Murray, 

Babcock Marine

Designer Halcrow

Contractor Bam Nuttall


Project commendation: White Cart Water Flood Prevention Scheme 


An innovative holistic catchment scale solution to prevent flooding that has blighted the south side of Glasgow. This major civil engineering and environmental project provides protection to 1,700 residential properties and businesses.

Client Glasgow City Council

Nominator Iain Macnab, Glasgow City Council

Designer Halcrow

Contractor Carillion Civil Engineering

Contractor VolkerStevin



Project commendation: Foulertoun Arches



This project involved the removal of an existing three span Bailey bridge crossing of the River Irvine and replacement with a single span arch bridge.

Client North Ayrshire Council

Nominator Michael Mitchell, John Graham (Dromore)

Designer URS Corporation

Contractor John Graham (Dromore)



Project commendation: Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link Project


The reinstatement of the railway between Airdrie and Bathgate together with upgrades to existing sections of the route between Edinburgh and Glasgow represents the longest new passenger railway with stations in Scotland for over 100 years.

Client Network Rail

Nominator Hugh Wark,Network Rail

Designer  URS Scott Wilson

Contractor Fenick House

Design commendation: Smith Quay - Peterhead  


A suspended quay frontage over rock armour, with a berthing dolphin, to provide 10m draft for vessels up to 200m in length. A rock armour breakwater extension provides shelter from waves.

Client Peterhead Port Authority

Nominator Peter Martin, Peter Fraenkel & Partners

Designer Peter Fraenkel & Partners

Contractor RJ MacLeod




Conservation commendation: Crawick Viaduct and Enterkin Viaduct Conservation


Conservation of viaduct by strengthening and remedial works to address structural cracking in the arches. The project strengthened 160 year old structures, restored normal operations and preserved the aesthetic qualities of the viaduct.

Client Network Rail

Nominator Andrew Stocks,

Carillion Civil Engineering

Designer Aecom

Contractor Carillion Civil Engineering


Environmentally sustainable construction commendation: The Braid Burn Flood Prevention Scheme




The Scheme incorporates river restoration techniques into a major flood alleviation project. It demonstrates hard and soft construction techniques and the balancing of key drivers; flood risk management and maximising environmental improvement opportunities within an urban environment.

Client City of Edinburgh Council

Nominator Marshall Poulton,

City of Edinburgh Council

Designer Aecom

Contractor Carillion Civil Engineering


Environmentally sustainable construction commendation: A75 Cairntop to Barlae Dual Carriageway 


A new 2.3km dual carriageway section on the A75 to provide safe overtaking opportunities, and therefore reduce driver frustration, accidents, and HGV platoons caused by the ferry ports of Stranraer and Cairnryan.

Client Transport Scotland

Nominator Jamie Corser, RJ MacLeod

Designer Halcrow

Contractor RJ MacLeod



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