Gleeds completes another phase of iconic Helix project
International management and construction consultancy, Gleeds, has recently completed another phase of the landmark Helix land transformation project located between Grangemouth and Falkirk, Scotland. The firm is appointed as project manager, cost manager and building surveyor to the entire £43 million scheme which was a recipient of Scotland’s largest ever BIG Lottery Fund grant of £25 million.
Key developments in this phase of works include the creation of the dramatic Helix Park extending over 100 acres, which features a new lagoon offering a mixture of water-based sports and leisure activities and over five kilometres of new paths connecting to the wider 350 hectare development beyond. There have also been enhancements to the wetlands and woodlands in a bid to protect and increase biodiversity in the area.
In addition, an outdoor events area - called the great lawn - has been established as a venue for national and regional functions. Those with aquatic interests will soon be able to navigate a new canal link connecting Grangemouth and the Firth of Forth to Scotland's extensive canal network. However, the eye catching centrepiece of the new canal link is the Kelpies lock which features two 30-metre-high stainless steel sculptures in the shape of horses heads designed by renowned sculptor, Andy Scott.
Commenting on the programme Stuart Senior, Main Board Director for Gleeds said: “We are delighted to be involved with this unique transformational project for Scotland which is set to become an exciting international visitor attraction. The scheme will undoubtedly make a positive difference to the environment and to the local community. Gleeds’ experience of large scale projects has proven invaluable in the delivery of this phase and we are confident in our ability to deliver the complete programme of works by 2014”.
Ahead of the Helix development’s grand opening in April 2014, the public is being invited to take a sneak peek at the newly completed Helix Park during the first ever ‘Helix Day’ on Saturday, 14th September. The free entry event takes place from 1pm to 6pm and will also feature a colourful programme of artistic displays and open air performances. More info at www.thehelix.co.uk