Network Rail station redevelopment scoops top engineering award

Network Rail’s redevelopment of 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 redeveloped as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, 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.

Rob McIntosh, Regional Director Network Rail added: “Winning this award is great recognition for all of the hard work that went into this project and particularly gratifying given the high quality of all projects put forward for this year’s awards.12,000 passengers and 800 trains pass through Haymarket every day and the team did everything in its power to ensure that this complex project was delivered with minimal disruption and fuss. We are absolutely delighted for the project team involved in the redevelopment of Haymarket station and I applaud them for their collaborative approach throughout.”

Jim Tough, Executive Director of the Saltire Society said: “Civil engineering affects so many aspects of our daily life from how we heat and bring water to our homes and protect them from flooding, through to how we travel from A to B - and as such merit recognition and discussion.”

Gordon Pomphrey, Chair of the assessors’ panel, concluded: “The winning project demonstrated excellent collaborative working on a live and complex site. That it was delivered safely without disruption to rail services or passengers is a credit to the team involved.”

Other projects to receive 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.

The Saltire Awards for civil engineering recognise excellence and innovation in civil engineering and are a collaboration between the Saltire Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland.  17 entries were received this year with one overall winner and 4 commendations. The commended projects are:

For further information and images of  the redevelopment of Haymarket station click http://bit.ly/1LZgYEf

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