CIVIL ENGINEERS were warned to give careful consideration to the environment before embarking on projects in Scotland at a Glasgow & West of Scotland ICE meeting last week.
Mark Turnball, principal of landscape architect Turnball Jeffrey Partnership, stressed that since 80% of the £2.5bn that Scottish tourism generates is related to scenery, civil engineers must be careful not to affect this adversely. They should pay more attention to quality in rural areas.
He stated that environmental assessments could enable civil engineers to work with nature. 'It's no longer accaptable to promote a project simply on the basis of the cheapest practical solution if it's significantly damaging to the environment.'
Turnball illustrated the environmental design procedure with the example of the Flotta Orkney oil handling terminal which was built in 1976 but is regarded as a landmark project. Software was used to assess the impact of the terminal and determine how the areas to be disturbed could be revegitated.
Turnball's parting words were: 'It's your landscape and your children's. We have it in trust; treat it with the care and the consideration it deserves.'