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A snapshot of current Scottish projects illustrates the market's diversity.

Scotland's two most famous bridges on the Firth of Forth are both currently being refurbished. TOP: Danish contractor Monberg & Thorsen has just started replacing all 178 vertical deck hangers on the 34 year old road bridge, overseen by consultant Fairhurst & Partners and client the Forth Road Bridge Joint Board. LEFT: A few hundred metres down the estuary, the 100 year old rail bridge is receiving its allegedly first full time, non-stop repaint job. Rigblast has the four year, pounds44M contract from Railtrack to grit blast and corrosion protect all 300,000m2 of steel.

The 30,000m3 concrete base for US oil company Amerada Hess' pounds180M gravity platform is now 75% complete at its Nigg Bay construction yard. Taylor Woodrow Construction is building the pounds45M, 100m square base for main contractor Brown & Root.

Life for the 430 inhabitants of the remote Outer Hebrides island of Scalpay has just changed pace with replacement of their ferry link by this 300m long bridge. Edmund Nuttall built the steel box girder crossing for client Western Isles Council to a design by Halcrow Crouch.

Balfour Beatty Construction is providing pounds3.2M worth of foundations and civils works for a three gas turbine extension to Scottish Hydroelectric's Peterhead power station. Main contractor is Siemens Power.

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