People in Scotland have the choice of two projects to win the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) People’s Choice Award, which celebrates civil engineering projects that have had a positive impact on their local communities.
The Forth Replacement Crossing with the iconic Queensferry Crossing as its centre piece and the Glasgow sewer superstructure are competing against projects including Hong Kong harbour treatment, Hyderabad Metro Rail project in India, and the Rural Access Programme in Nepal.
This year’s award includes international projects for the first time to mark the ICE’s bicentenary.
The Forth Replacement Crossing safeguards a vital connection in Scotland’s transport network and includes the longest three tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world boasting the tallest towers of any bridge in the UK.
Its importance to the Scottish economy became apparent when the Forth Road Bridge, which it replaces, had to close for vital repairs in 2015. New wind shields mean that the new bridge is less likely to close during high winds.
The three-mile-long waste water tunnel under Glasgow is improving water quality in the River Clyde and reducing flooding at key locations on the city’s southside. Big enough to fit a double-decker bus inside and five times longer than the Clyde Tunnel, the tunnel was constructed using a tunnel boring machine and represents the biggest upgrade of the city’s waste water network in more than a century.
Sara Thiam, ICE Regional Director, said: “Civil engineering directly transforms people’s everyday lives, shaping the world and safeguarding our future. The fact that two Scottish projects have been included in a global shortlist demonstrates our continued reputation for engineering excellence.
Our civil engineers are amongst the best in the world in delivering the infrastructure on which we depend. I encourage Scots to cast their vote for their favourite to be recognised as one of the finest examples of civil engineering in the world.”
Voting is now open and will close on 28 September at 17:00.
All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a Fitbit Charge 2TM. The public can follow award updates on social media using #ICEPeopleschoice. The winning project will be revealed on 6 November.