Scotland’s fourth busiest railway station has been crowned the overall winner of the 2015 Saltire Awards, following completion of a major refurbishment and extension project. Announced annually, the Saltire Civil Engineering Award is a much coveted accolade from the Saltire Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland recognising excellence and innovation in civil engineering.
The state of the art transport hub at Haymarket in Edinburgh’s west end has been created to accommodate a predicted 6 million increase in passenger numbers over the next 15 years. The £25 million redevelopment includes the refurbishment of an existing Grade A listed station building and a major extension.
The new concourse building, which bridges the platforms and rail lines, was constructed in a former car park adjacent to the station and required two 110 tonne modules to be lifted into place overnight. This innovative solution enabled the completion date to be brought forward by nearly a year, and ensured all work was undertaken while the station was fully operational and without disruption to train services.
Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and the Islands said: “The Saltire Civil Engineering Awards represent an opportunity to recognise and celebrate civil engineering at its best across Scotland. I am delighted for the project team behind the delivery of Haymarket Station Capacity Improvement Programme, which was just one element of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme funded by the Scottish Government.
“The Scottish Government has invested over £15 billion in transport since 2007, including seventy-six kilometres of new railways delivered with thirteen new train stations opened and twenty-three major improvements to our motorways and trunk roads completed. All these major projects have been proudly designed and delivered by innovative and creative engineers following in the footsteps of the likes of Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker who designed the Forth Rail Bridge, now recognised as Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site and proof of Scotland’s engineering pedigree and ingenuity.”
Network Rail added: “The safety of our passengers and staff is paramount in everything we do. 12000 passengers and 800 trains pass through Haymarket every day and the engineers did everything in their power to ensure that works were undertaken with minimal disruption and fuss.”
Other projects to received commendations this year include the Borders Railway, Ullapool Harbour Improvements, the redevelopment of Hampden Park for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and flood alleviation in Inverness. The Awards were presented at a gala event in the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday 28 October.