Features

£500m road on awards list

The £500m scheme to construct the ‘missing link’ in the central belt’s motorway network is among the 14 projects shortlisted for this year’s Saltire Civil Engineering Awards.

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Tough as old boots

With a soaking Scottish summer almost behind us and a wet winter likely to come, the importance of personal protective equipment has never been greater.

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Aberdeen centre progresses

The steel beams spanning the width of the main arena are now being installed at the £333m Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. The trusses are being placed in tandem lifts by two crawler cranes.

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Star-struck plant fitters

Plant apprentices from Scotland got tooled up recently when they arrived at an industry awards ceremony. Leading the way was Campbell Howie, who is employed by Muirhead Plant.

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Onshore wind: The future

The man responsible for the construction of SSE’s renewable energy projects in Great Britain and Ireland explains how ‘repowering’ wind farms with more powerful turbines could help Scotland meet renewables targets.

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Suits you madam!

One of the country’s top contractors has developed a range of work clothing specifically for women. The new kit has started appearing on sites following trials in Scotland, London and the north of England.

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A man of many talents

Today, we are in David Marshall’s other company vehicle. Instead of his usual pick-up the Scottish sales manager for Worsley Plant is behind the wheel of a DAF eight-wheeler. He has only himself to blame.

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‘Keep the noise down’

Companies working on the roads should hand out ear defenders…to passers-by. That’s the advice of a specialist who says many sites operate with noises well over what is considered safe for people’s long-term hearing.

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Glasgow’s big dig

More than 150,000 tonnes of material have been excavated as the biggest waste water tunnel ever built in Scotland reaches the halfway mark. The team includes some of the best tunnellers in the world.

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Civils back charity project

Children suffering from cancer will be able to enjoy views of a Scottish loch thanks to civil engineering firms who constructed a 23-metre long jetty at a respite centre in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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