Haymarket Railway Station has been named the overall winner of the 2015 Saltire Civil Engineering Awards following a massive refurbishment and extension project.
Scotland’s fourth busiest railway station scooped the top prize at the awards from the Saltire Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, which recognises excellence and innovation in civil engineering.
The £25 million redevelopment includes the refurbishment of an existing Grade A listed station building and a major extension to cope with a predicted increase in passenger numbers over the next 15 years.
The new concourse building 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.
Speaking on behalf of Network Rail, Rob McIntosh, Regional Director said, “The safety of our passengers and staff is paramount in everything we do. 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. 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.”
Jim Tough, executive director of the Saltire Society added, “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, commented, “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 include the Borders Railway, Ullapool Harbour Improvements, the redevelopment of Hampden Park for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and flood alleviation in Inverness.