RJ McLeod has won an £8.5m contract as part of ‘Helix’, a £41m transformation of central Scotland, aimed at turning 100 acres between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a parkland, lagoon and events space with two 30-meter high horse’s heads.
The Glasgow-based engineering and construction firm will take on the ‘public realm’ elements of the Helix project, including the lagoon, pathways for the development, enhancements to wetland and woodlands areas to protect biodiversity, visitor facilities, an events area and new wildflower meadows.
The work is expected to create a number of full and part-time construction jobs, including 12 traineeships, and hopes to attract some 350,000 visitors annually.
Helix Trust programme director Mike King said the award “signifies another significant step forward in creating what will be one of the most exciting and unique community and visitor experiences in the UK”.
“RJ McLeod’s track record for delivering large scale projects made them a sound choice to take this ambitious programme forward.”
The project is driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council, Scotland’s Canals and Central Scotland Forest Trust. It will use £25m of Big Lottery money through the Living Landmarks programme.
RJ McLeod business development manager Jamie Corser said the firm was “very pleased to be awarded this contract, not just because we are able to play our part in delivering this exciting project but it also assists in us being able to provide sustained employment for our staff and operatives, many of whom are from the central belt”.
Balfour Beatty has been awarded elements including a canal extension and new motorway under-bridge, while SH Structures will fabricate the “Kelpies”, two 30-meter high horse’s heads.