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Scalpay Bridge

Design Scalpay Bridge

Commissioning authority: Western Isles Council.

Designer: Halcrow Crouch.

Inscription: 'Elegant, appropriate and practical.'

Construction Scalpay Bridge

Commissioning authority: Western Isles Council.

Contractor: Edmund Nuttall.

Inscription: 'Innovative construction in an exposed and remote location.'

The new bridge in the Outer Hebrides is a new link to the mainland for 430 Scalpy islanders who hitherto had to rely on a car


Severe weather over the Sound of Scalpy led to bridge building over two summer seasons; optimum offsite fabrication, reduced maintenance liability and no marine construction.

The design itself was for a very narrow structure in relation to span, which had to be strong enough to withstand high winds. The bridge spanning 171m was the first long span steel box girder to be built in UK since Foyle Bridge in 1983.

Aesthetic use of 1,600t of steelwork, installed over seven days was commended by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland. 'The whole approach to steelwork from offsite fabrication to on-site erection was impressive,' said one of the judges.

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