Newcastle-based consulting engineers, Patrick Parsons, have been recognised at The Living Waterways Awards 2015 for their work in the design and build of the world’s first packaged white water course.
The £3.25 million Pinkston Watersports centre, located in Glasgow, took first place in the Recreation & Tourism category at an awards ceremony held in London on 8th October.
Patrick Parsons, which have eight UK-based and two international offices, formed a joint venture with Engineering Paddler Designs (EPD) and Meldrum Construction to design and construct the course for their client Scottish Canals. The project took a disused piece of canal in inner city Glasgow and transforming it into a watersports centre. The competition standard venue, which opened in May 2014, has already attracted over 12,000 visitors.
Launched by the Canal & River Trust in January, the Living Waterways Awards seek to recognise the most inspiring and exciting waterway-based improvement projects across the UK.
The judges, who are from the environmental, engineering, architecture and regeneration sectors and chaired by Christopher Rodrigues CBE, said: ”This project has created something open and welcoming and has encouraged increased use of the water.
“It represents a positive and significant step in terms of regenerating an area of high deprivation, and there is evidence that things are starting to change for the better with a neighbouring Cable Water-Ski Centre emerging too.”
Patrick Parsons provided structural, civil, mechanical and electrical, CDM and planning services consultancy, as well as the outline and detailed design of the centre’s facilities.
Peter Stienlet, managing director of Patrick Parsons, commented: “We are honoured to have played a part in the construction of this centre of excellence for watersports, from feasibility stage through to construction and we are delighted it has received the recognition it deserves.
“Patrick Parsons are proud to have been involved in such a pivotal project that has provided a high-level training facility for elite athletes, a community hub for local people to get out on the water, and a significant contribution to the ongoing regeneration of the area.”