SNP MSP Clare Haughey has submitted a motion at the Scottish Parliament congratulating Cuningar Loop for their success at the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards. The prize ceremony, hosted in partnership by the Saltire Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, celebrates outstanding engineering achievements in Scotland.

Cuningar Loop was one of seven winners and scooped the community award for its tremendous contribution to the local area. Cuningar Loop was recognised for providing learning and employability skills for students and disadvantaged young people, whereby it generated 76 work placements, 18 apprenticeships and hundreds of curriculum support events. Its 99-metre span footbridge was also commended for connecting local communities and enhancing visitor numbers.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Cuningar Loop has been honoured at this year’s Saltire Civil Engineering Awards. The park is an incredible asset for local communities, and it has been instrumental in bringing visitors to the area from further afield.

“Special congratulations must go to Clyde Gateway, and South Lanarkshire and Glasgow City councils, the Forestry Commission Scotland, as well as Healthy N Happy who have all contributed to the development of this first-class public park”.



Cuningar Loop Official Opening

Above is photograph of Councillor Janine Calikes, Humza Yousaf MSP (Transport Minister) and Clare Haughey MSP at the official opening of Cuningar Loop on the 25th August 2017.

Text of Clare Haughey MSP’s motion:

That the Parliament congratulates Cuningar Loop Park, which is in Rutherglen, on winning the Community Award at the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards 2017; notes that these annual awards are organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland in partnership with the Saltire Society to celebrate outstanding engineering achievements; highlights that ,as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy, the site was transformed from a derelict, vacant and unusable stretch of land into a popular community greenspace; understands that the park was recognised due to its impressive 99-metre span footbridge, which connects communities, has improved accessibility and significantly increased visitor numbers, and commends the work by the Forestry Commission Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Clyde Gateway in creating this incredible community asset.

Further information regarding the Saltire Civil Engineering Awards 2017 can be found here:


Date published: 26th October 2017

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