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Gourock Project Gets Civil Engineering Award

The Gourock Pier Redevelopment project has received another national award.

The project received a special award commendation at The Saltire Society's Awards for Civil Engineering 2016.

It is the second award for the Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde (ri) project. It is also shortlisted in the category of 'most improved town' in the prestigious SURF awards.

Riverside Inverclyde chairman, Gerry McCarthy, said: "The winning projects in this year's Saltire Awards, the Forth Road Bridge repairs and the A82 Pulpit Rock Realignment at Loch Lomond, show the calibre of engineering projects which the Gourock project was up against. This is the second national prestigious awards the Gourock project has been recognised in and is a fitting reward for the hard work of all of those involved in this project."

Inverclyde Council's Environment and Regeneration Convener, Councillor Michael McCormick, said: "The Gourock redevelopment project was a significant investment in the town by the council and was delivered in a tight timescale by all of the organisations and businesses involved. Recognition at two prestigious national awards and shortlisting in a third, can only help to showcase Gourock and Inverclyde to a nationwide audience and is a testimony to the quality of the work delivered."

The commendation from the awards judges stated: "The project demonstrates the great benefit that civil engineering brings to society and the local community. The multi-disciplinary project required a range of well designed and constructed elements to come together to totally transform the former derelict waterfront and congested town centre of Gourock. This outstanding regeneration scheme has given the waterfront and town centre back to the community and gives locals and visitors alike an appealing area to visit and in which to trade."

The awards are run by The Saltire Society in association with the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland. The awards ceremony was held on 25 October 2016 at the national Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Gourock town centre is in the running for another prestigious award. The annual SURF awards for best practice in community regeneration has shortlisted the Inverclyde town in the category 'Scotland's Most Improved Town'. The annual SURF awards identify and celebrate success in revitalising Scottish communities. The awards are delivered each year by SURF Scotland's Regeneration Forum, in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The Gourock project also won the Herald Property Awards 'Best Townscape Regeneration Project' earlier this year.