AN image of Stockingfield Junction and Bridge in Glasgow, reflected on the Forth and Clyde Canal, has won the 2022 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Photo Competition.
The photo, taken by George McBurnie, a senior project manager for Scottish Canals and ICE Scotland member, was submitted in line with this year’s theme of ‘civil engineering that has changed your life for the better’.
Entrants came from all over the world including Qatar, Singapore, Croatia, China, the United Arab Emirates, and India.
Stockingfield Bridge is a two-way spanning cable-stayed pedestrian and cycle construction over the Forth and Clyde canal. It reconnects the communities of Maryhill, Gilshochill and Ruchill for the first time since 1790 and completes a ‘missing’ link in the National Cycle Network, offering a traffic-free route between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
George revealed that he took the picture because he wanted to capture the structures’ many benefits. “This has been a complex and challenging project which is going to be a tremendous asset to society,” he explained. “It has connected communities, provides active routes, protects a 200-year-old aqueduct and will enable the hosting of community arts projects.”
One of the competition’s judges, ICE Fellow Stephen Dellow, praised the photograph for being ‘truly stunning’ and eye-catching. He added, “The photo embraces amazing infrastructure together with telling a story through connecting communities and making a real difference in making our lives better. The colour and light combinations made me want to arrange a site visit straight away and see it in the flesh for myself.”