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Kelpies site wins Saltire Society engineering award

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Media captionTime-lapse photography capturing the installation of The Kelpies

The development of the site containing Scotland's newest cultural landmark, The Kelpies, has won a national engineering award.

The 300-tonne, 98ft (30m) horse head sculptures were created in the Helix Park in Falkirk by artist Andy Scott.

The Helix development has been named as the winner of the Saltire Society 2014 Civil Engineering Award.

Its competition had included the Hydro in Glasgow and Edinburgh's Waverley train station.

The Kessock Bridge refurbishment in Inverness had also been nominated.

The award was established in 1981 to recognise excellence and showcase the best in Scottish engineering.

Convenor of the awards panel, Gordon Pomphrey said: "The adjudication panel had no hesitation in recommending the Helix Development for the overall Saltire Civil Engineering Award 2014.

"In particular I feel it merits award in the project, design and construction categories. The project involved a wide range of stakeholders from its conception and throughout the design process and provided regeneration to the area resulting in tangible benefits to the environment, local community and economy.

"There is no doubt that the Kelpies have quickly become another iconic must-see visitor attraction and will be an internationally recognised landmark for many years to come."

Hundreds of thousands of visitors have toured the site since it opened in April to see the giant horse head sculptures.

Glasgow artist Scott took inspiration from Scotland's history of working horses which once pulled barges along the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal when he designed the steel structures.

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