Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating everyone involved in conceiving, designing and constructing the Helix site and the Kelpies following the awarding last week of the Saltire Society 2014 Civil Engineering Award.


Speaking in Parliament Angus said:


“I am delighted to highlight this award to my MSP colleagues, many of whom have supported the motion I tabled in Parliament this week. To win this highly prestigious award against such stiff competition is testament to the superb vision and delivery of such an ambitious project. I am pleased I was part of the SNP/Independent administration on Falkirk Council that conceived the idea and secured the funding for the project in the mid-2000’s. For everyone involved in conceiving, designing, funding and delivering this massive project this is an exciting award to be given, and I am heartened that they have all received such appropriate recognition. Well done!”


The text of the motion is detailed below:


Motion S4M-11305: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014

The Kelpies and The Helix Win the Saltire Society 2014 Civil Engineering Award

That the Parliament congratulates everyone involved in conceiving, designing and constructing the Helix site, which is located between Grangemouth and Falkirk and contains one of Scotland's newest cultural landmarks, The Kelpies, on winning the Saltire Society's 2014 Civil Engineering Award; understands that the 300-tonne, 98-foot high, horse-head sculptures were made by the Glasgow-based artist, Andy Scott, who took inspiration from the working horses that once pulled barges along the Forth and Clyde and Union canals; understands that the Helix faced stiff competition from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Edinburgh Waverley station, the Kessock Bridge refurbishment, the Shore Road Bridge reconstruction in Stirling, Glentarken Bridge near Lochearnhead and the engineered containment of the Dounreay low level waste; acknowledges that the award was established in 1981 and aims to recognise excellence and showcase the best in Scottish engineering; recognises the transformation of the 300-hectare Helix site, which saw a disused scrubland developed into a modern urban space that connects 26 communities with 27km of pathways; notes that it has an 800m access road and a 75-space car park and a green-space park; understands that there has been a 1km extension to the Forth and Clyde canal that has included the development of both an inland and tidal sea lock and two mechanical moving and two static bridges; further understands that the site has attracted an estimated 500,000 visitors since it opened in April 2014, which is equivalent to up to 4,000 each day, and encourages visitors from far and wide to experience what it sees as a must-see visitor attraction that highlights that civil engineering is alive and well in today’s Scotland.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson, Gordon MacDonald, Aileen McLeod, Stuart McMillan, Dennis Robertson, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Graeme Dey, Hugh Henry, Annabelle Ewing, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Richard Lyle, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Christian Allard, Mike MacKenzie, Jayne Baxter, Jackie Baillie, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Colin Beattie

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