Transformed Glasgow site shortlisted in coveted industry awards

An aerial view of the completed Cuningar Loop project

Infrastructure giant Robertson Group is celebrating after being shortlisted for three prestigious industry awards.

Cuningar Woodland Park and Footbridge in Glasgow’s East End has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit, Design Through Innovation and Infrastructure categories in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards, Scotland – the first time a project led by Robertson Civil Engineering has been shortlisted in the coveted awards.

Designed to showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh on April 19.

The £9.3 million regeneration project was delivered as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy, and saw the former abandoned landfill site transformed into the Cuningar Woodland Park and bridge connecting to the former athletes’ village.

Robertson Civil Engineering developed the Woodland Park on behalf of Forest Enterprise Scotland in a project procured through Scape Group’s National Major Works Framework, now superseded by Major Works Scotland, part of the (Scape) National Construction framework, and delivered by Robertson in partnership with Willmott Dixon.

The footbridge was completed in a separate project on behalf of Clyde Gateway.

Tony Fry, managing director of Robertson Civil Engineering, said: “We are immensely proud of the industry recognition for what has been a major infrastructure project for us at Cuningar Woodland Park and Footbridge.

“Not only has the project delivered valuable benefits for the local community, workforce and economy, but also to the environment and species native to the area.

“The success of the project demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions developed to meet the needs of the local area, helping shape the built environment and transforming communities for decades to come.”

Chair of the RICS Awards 2018, Scotland judging panel, Colin Smith of Turely, said: “This year we have received some extremely diverse and outstanding projects from all over Scotland. Each and every project showcases the exceptional talent behind these buildings of our future.

“The variety of projects highlights the development that is happening right across our nation and I am confident 2018 will be a hotly contested year. I look forward to celebrating the successes of Scotland’s exceptional talent and projects at this year’s ceremony.”

Each category winner announced at the awards ceremony will be eligible for the acclaimed Project of the Year title, awarded to the scheme that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Cuningar Loop Woodland Park, which officially opened in August 2017, includes biking and walking loops, adventure play areas and Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering facility. The park creates a vibrant accessible green space for the communities in Dalmarnock and Rutherglen to enjoy.

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