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Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) – Ancillary Infrastructure

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We provided design services for Wills Bros Civil Engineering on the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) project, which was led by Renfrewshire Council and jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments through the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region Deal.

The project provides improved connections to Glasgow Airport, including the upgrade of the existing road network, two new bridges over the Black and White Cart Rivers, and new and improved connections to existing cycleways and pathways.

In collaboration with Wills Bros, we developed an innovative approach to underground power cable protection. By creating a lightweight embankment using storm storage cells, we facilitated an 87% reduction in carbon compared to the reference design.

Project name

Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) – Ancillary Infrastructure

 

Client

Wills Bros Civil Engineering

 

Location

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Services provided: 

- Civil engineering

- Structural engineering

- Bridge engineering

- Geotechnical engineering

- Ground improvement

- Project management

Lifting of Black Cart Cycle Bridge (100m single span steel structure)

Solution

In partnership with Wills Bros, we developed an innovative approach to protect the underground cables. Through the creation of a lightweight embankment using storm storage cells, we protected the electricity transmission lines in a way that allowed suitable temperate control without compromising safety. These cells are very lightweight, being over 95% air, and yet are still robust enough to sustain traffic loads.

Overall, the team achieved an 87% reduction in carbon for this element of the project when compared with the preliminary design. It delivered an enormous saving in embodied carbon, while also providing for a quicker and safer construction operation, and a reduced overall cost. A further advantage was that no heavy machinery needed to be used to assemble the structure, as the units are easily moved and placed by hand.

The project was one of the first to be delivered to the PAS 2080 (Carbon Management in Infrastructure) standard. This involved tracking the project's carbon footprint throughout the preliminary design, detailed design, construction process, and operational stages to maximise both embodied and operational carbon – as well as overall cost for delivery.

This design innovation was recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) inaugural ICE Carbon Champions in September 2021.

The project also won the ‘Environmental Sustainability – Built Environment’ category at the 2022 Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) Engineering Excellence Awards.

87 %

reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent

One of the first

projects to be delivered to the PAS 2080 standard.

ICE

Institution of Civil Engineers Carbon Champion

ACEI

Engineering Excellence Award Winner