Nominations have officially opened for the

2016 Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards

and will include six brand new categories to mark the Saltire Society’s 80th year.


 Run in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, the Saltire Society Civil engineering Awards have been running for more than 30 years, during which time they have grown to become one of the highest honours for engineering excellence in Scotland. One of the key aims of the awards is to increase public awareness of the crucially important contribution civil engineering makes to the Scottish economy and society.

This year, an expert panel of judges will assess nominations under the following six award categories:

  • Greatest Contribution to Scotland
  • Infrastructure Award
  • Building Award
  • Engineered in Scotland
  • Environmental Award
  • Special Award

As well as technical achievement, projects in each category will be assessed based on their contribution to the sustainable creation, improvement and nurturing of the physical and social environment. The overall headline award will be the Greatest Contribution to Scotland award and will be given to the project that can best demonstrate a tangible benefit to the people of Scotland and that best showcases the crucial contribution of civil engineering to Scottish life.

Download the information pack HERE

Download PDF entry form HERE

Download Powerpoint template HERE

Word versions available on request from

Previous winners include the Haymarket Station refurbishment in Edinburgh, The Helix urban park and iconic Kelpies at Falkirk and the M80 Stepps to Haggs Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) project.

A film of 2015 projects can be viewed HERE

All professions working in the built environment are invited to nominate projects or project phases located in Scotland and substantially completed in 2015/16.

The closing date for submissions will be 4pm on Friday 29th April 2016.

Commenting on the launch of this year’s awards, Saltire Society President Magnus Linklater said:

“This is a special year for the Saltire Society, being 80 years since the society was first set up. It’s also an important year for the built environment in Scotland, being Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. So it seems particularly fitting that this year’s Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards should include a new expanded format with a total of six award categories to be decided by our expert panel of judges. We look forward to receiving nominations and to celebrating a wide variety of civil engineering projects from throughout the country at our special awards ceremony in October.”

2015 Projects




New look Haymarket station scoops Saltire Engineering Award

Scotland’s fourth busiest railway station has been crowned the overall winner of the 2015 Saltire Civil Engineering Awards, following completion of a major refurbishment and extension project. Announced annually, the Awards are a much coveted accolade from the Saltire Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland recognising excellence and innovation in civil engineering.

Haymarket station refurbishment
Client: Network Rail
Consultant: CH2M Hill
Contractor: Morgan Sindal
Architect IDP: Architects

The £25 million redevelopment of Edinburgh's Haymarket Station - Scotland's fourth busiest railway station - includes the refurbishment of an existing Grade A listed station building and a major extension to accommodate a predicted 6 million increase in passenger numbers by 2030.

Read more about Haymarket Station Capacity Improvement HERE



Ullapool Harbour Berth Improvements

Client: Ullapool Harbour Trustees/Caledonian Maritime Assets
Designer: Wallace Stone LL
Contractor: RJ McLeod Ltd

An increase in traffic, following the introduction of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) and the introduction of a new vessel, the MV Loch Seaforth, which is substantially larger in capacity and displacement tonnage than the existing ferry, were the key drivers behind this project.

Read more about Ullapool Harbour Berth Improvements HERE


Borders Railway



Saltire Civil Engineering Awards 2015


We are delighted to launch this year's Civil Engineerng Awards, celebrating outstanding civil engineering achievement,innovation and ingenuity in Scotland. The awards have grown into the highest honour for engineering excellence.

More Information and download the application form and powerpoint template HERE.


Convener's Statement

The 2014 Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards continued the trend of a very successful event, not least for the record entries at 18, their overall very high quality and of course the eventual Award Winner, The Helix in Falkirk, which incorporates a transformational Forth & Clyde Canal extension, new Public Space and Leisure Facilities and the iconic and much visited “Kelpies” sculptures.

Once again, the Adjudication Panel were very taxed with choosing winners from the many fine entries and recognition and thanks must be given to all the entrants, whether successful in receiving an award, a commendations or not.

The Awards Ceremony was held for the second year in a row at the wonderful National Museum of Scotland.  It was a great success and this venue remains to be one of the best we have ever had.  Also, there was a high turnout, the presenter was Heather “the Weather” Reid once again and Magus Linklater, Geoff French, President of The Institution of Civil Engineers and Dennis Robertson MSP all contributed to a very successful evening.

I am keen that the Awards continue to celebrate the Construction Industry in Scotland and increase public awareness of the important work being done by civil engineers.  With this in mind, we are looking at ways to increase the impact of the Awards and the publicity for the Society, the work of The Institution of Civil Engineers and the Entrants alike.

Finally, I look forward to your entries and would like to take this opportunity to wish all entrants to the 2015 Civil Engineering Awards the very best of luck and of course a busy and successful year.  

Gordon Pomphrey
Saltire Society Civil Engineering Awards


Saltire Civil Engineering 2014 Awards

The Helix

The project involved a wide range of stakeholders and provided regeneration to the area resulting in tangible benefits to the environment, local community and economy. The Kelpies have quickly become another iconic must see visitor attraction and will be an internationally recognised landmark for many years to come.

The Helix Trust – Client

Scott Sculptures – Kelpies Designer

Atkins – Kelpies Structural Designer

Grontmij - Civil Engineering Designers

SKM - Design Consultants

Gleeds – Cost Manager. Project Manager and Building Manager

Lightfolio – Lighting Designers

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering – Contractor, Canal Extension, Bridges and Locks

Raynesway Construction – Contractor, Access Road and Car Park

RJ McLeod (Contractors) – Contractor, Greenspace

SH Structures Ltd – Contractor, Kelpies

Ironside Farrar – Masterplanners, Planners, Landscape Architects,
Civil Engineers, Environmental Consultants.  

Jephson Robb – Sentinel artist

Mouchel – CDM Coordinator





Dounreay Low Level Waste and Demolition Low Level Waste

for Construction


The project demonstrates an exceptionally high level of project management
and construction expertise to deliver the first purpose-built, low-level nuclear
waste storage and management facility in Scotland and only the second in the


Dounreay Site Restoration Limited - Client

Graham Construction - Contractor

Mott MacDonald - Contractor’s Designer


 SSE Hydro Arena

for Design

The SSE Hydro Arena demonstrates the skills of the
structural engineer in turning the architectural aspirations
to deliver a landmark structure into reality.

The SECC Ltd - Client

Arup - Engineer

Foster + Partners - Architect

Lend Lease - Contractor


Waverley Station Renewals
Package 2

for Project



The project demonstrates a high degree of collaborative working on a vast,
very complex site, the finished project offering a considerable improvement to
the travel through the Station and is a valuable upgrade of a key asset on the
rail network.


Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering – Principal Contractor

Network Rail - Client

WSP Group - Designer

XERVON Palmers - Scaffolding, Blasting, Painting and Steel Repairs

Charles Henshaw - Glazing System

M&S Steelwork - Glazing Support Systems

Ballantines of Boness - Cast Iron Replacement

Alex Steele Stone Masons - Stone Masonry

Forth Electrical Services - Electrical Installation

Leiths (Scotland) - Surfacing


Shore Road Bridge Reconstruction

for project

The project demonstrates a high degree of collaborative working on a complex
scheme, its completion is a highly aesthetic improvement to the urban
environment of Stirling and is a lasting asset to the rail network.

Network Rail - Client

BAM Nuttall - Principal Contractor

AECOM - Designer

Macrete - Supplier

Lytag - Supplier

Mammoet - Supplier

Bardon Concrete - Supplier

Check-it Scaffolding - Supplier

Tony Gee & Partners - Cat III Checker (Designer)

Shore Road Stakeholders - First ScotRail, Stirling Council


Glentarken Bridge

for Small Community Project

The local effort to deliver this superb community asset is deserving of high
praise and the bridge’s construction in a technically difficult location for a
modest outlay is a great achievement.


Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority - Client

St Fillans Community Development Trust - Client

G.F. Rural Bridges - Designer

McGowan Outdoor Access Ltd - Contractor

Mabey Bridges—Sub Contractors



The 2013 Awards

M80 Stepps to Haggs DBFO

The M80 Stepps to Haggs DBFO is this year's Saltire Society Civil Engineering Award winner.

Maureen Watt msp Convener of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee and Heather Reid, Meteorologist and Education Consultant presented the Award to representatives of the project at a ceremony in the National Museum of Scotland on the 31st October.


The M80 Stepps to Haggs project – which has dramatically reduced traffic congestion and journey times for drivers between Glasgow and Stirling – has beaten off stiff competition to pick up this year’s Saltire Society Civil Engineering Award.


The award recognises, the importance of civil engineering and the role it plays in society providing vital infrastructure including roads, bridges, stations, stadia and water systems.  The M80 Stepps to Haggs project completes the 18km non-motorway section of one of Scotland’s busiest roads, providing the ‘missing link’ in a key strategic route linking Glasgow, Stirling and the North East.  The judges commended the ‘ingenuity and enterprise’ of the project team in overcoming challenges involving a series of complex structures, highway construction and geotechnical issues.

“The M80 project incorporated many technical engineering elements and was particularly impressive as it was all carried out while managing a live traffic flow of up to 73,000 vehicles per day,” said Gordon Pomphrey, Convener of the Awards Panel. “The result is a solution to chronic traffic congestion, significantly reduced travelling times and improved road safety on this heavily used commuter corridor – as well as environmental benefits for the surrounding community.”

 Keith Brown MSP

Minister for Transport, Keith Brown said:

“These awards create a wonderful opportunity to recognise excellence in civil engineering with a particular emphasis on innovation.  Clients, designers and contractors can showcase innovative solutions to some of the most interesting and challenging work that the industry has to offer, and they establish Scotland as a world leader in delivering these solutions. I am delighted that the M80 Stepps to Haggs has been selected for this year’s Saltire Award for Civil Engineering scheme against tough competition from a number of other excellent projects across Scotland.  The M80 project demonstrates a creative and resourceful approach to delivering a technically complex project in challenging circumstances whilst ensuring that one of Scotland’s strategic transport corridors operated effectively, maintaining essential connections for both businesses and local communities. Road users now benefit from improved road safety, better connectivity and reduced journey times.”

In securing the accolade, the M80 joins previous winners, such as the Kessock Bridge at Inverness, the Falkirk Wheel and the Clyde Arc in Glasgow.

The Saltire Society is delighted to recognise such a major project that affects the daily lives of so many people. The expertise and imagination required of such a project often remains unseen for those who ultimately benefit, but these are the very qualities that our awards strive to celebrate.” said Jim Tough, Executive Director of the Saltire Society.

Ten schemes from across Scotland were nominated for the prestigious award, with four others being selected for commendation: The Tay Road Bridge pier collision protection project in Dundee, Glasgow’s East End Regeneration route and both the Waverley Steps renovation and Advocates close and Motel One schemes in Edinburgh.



Tay Road Bridge

The project demonstrates an exceptionally high level of civil engineering expertise in a demanding environment to
provide a system that will protect one of Scotland’s most important bridges against ship collision.

Waverley Steps Upgrade 

The project demonstrated a high level of initiative and original thinking to develop the design and overcome challenging conditions to execute the construction in an extremely restricted site in a busy urban environment.

 East End Regeneration

The project demonstrates the value to the wider community of investment in infrastructure through environmental
improvement and as a catalyst for further economic development. 

 Advocates Close and Motel One

The project demonstrated considerable initiative to develop the design and overcome challenging and extremely restricted construction conditions, the resulting scheme bringing a disused quarter of Edinburgh back into use.


About the Awards

The Saltire Society Civil Engineering Award was established in 1981. The Award is made jointly with the Scottish Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and is intended to encourage the highest standards in the design, conservation, environmental sustainability and construction of civil engineering projects in Scotland.

As of 2010 The Saltire Society’s Civil Engineering Award has a Category for Small Community Projects. This Award is aimed at small projects that benefit a local community, where the promoting body may have little funds other than those required for the project.

The Saltire Society’s civil engineering awards, made in association with the Institution of Civil Engineers, are made annually to recognise excellence in civil engineering in Scotland. The Awards have been showcasing the very best in Scottish Civil Engineering for over 30 years and will continue to do so in 2013.

Anyone, including members of the public may nominate a project for an award. However, entries must be submitted by public authorities, companies, consulting engineers, contractors, or members of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The 2013 Award includes an award for small community projects, which is for projects of low monetary value but which are promoted by the local community and are of great value to the community while demonstrating all the attributes of the Awards design and construction categories.