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Stantec shortlisted for Excellence in Transport Design at the Scottish Transport Awards

Stantec’s Active Travel Team in Scotland also shortlisted in the Excellence in Walking, Public Realm, Cycling category


Stantec has been shortlisted for two awards at the 2023 Scottish Transport Awards in the Excellence in Transport Design and Excellence in Walking, Public Realm, Cycling’ categories.

The project Active Communities – Aviemore is shortlisted for the Excellence in Transport Design award. This category recognises schemes that demonstrate good results and are environmentally and economically sustainable. The judges looked for a design that is the first of its kind in the country and demonstrates innovation and originality while adding value. 

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) appointed Stantec to carry out community engagement and feasibility assessment for Active Communities – Aviemore as part of CNPA’s Cairngorms 2030 - Heritage Horizon programme. The programme delivers on four main themes: empowering communities, improving travel connectivity, restoring landscapes, and improving people’s health and wellbeing. The project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and by Transport Scotland, via Sustrans’ Places for Everyone (PfE) funding, is one of eight projects which will improve sustainable transport and will provide better active travel connections across the Cairngorms National Park (the Park) by developing high-quality walking, cycling and wheelchair-accessible connections in the town. This will be delivered as part of a new active travel plan for the Park.

Stantec’s work made the shortlist because of its innovative approach to the development of a network of active travel infrastructure in rural areas. The project looks at creating a 15-minute town and at rebalancing the local streets towards active travel and placemaking. The designs emerged from extensive engagement with the local community and stakeholders to address the travel needs specific to the local demographics.

Stantec’s Active Travel Team in Scotland has also been shortlisted in the Excellence in Walking, Public Realm, Cycling category. Shortlisted entries demonstrate improvements in the street environment through environmental enhancement schemes, pedestrian schemes, or exemplary cycling strategies.

Stantec’s Active Travel Team in Scotland made the shortlist because of the work they are doing throughout the country to deliver active travel schemes and physical infrastructure that benefit local communities. They have experience delivering active travel projects in most of the main Scottish cities (such as Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow), towns, semi-rural locations (such as in Argyll and Bute and Dumfries and Galloway), and island communities, such as Shetland Islands and Cumbrae.

The team has supported a wide range of projects through the different stages of Sustrans Places for Everyone, some to construction. They have worked on high streets, promenades, bridges, industrial estates, schools, harboursides, rail stations, transport hubs and long-distance leisure routes. In Glasgow, they are working on creating a people-first infrastructure around the University of Strathclyde’s city centre campus and have been working closely with the University of Glasgow since 2015 to support them in achieving carbon net zero transport emissions by 2030.

Commenting on the award shortlistings, Gordon Scott, Active Travel Team Leader, said: “I’m so proud of our team for delivering such transformational schemes throughout the country. Good transport and well-designed active travel infrastructure can make a real difference for communities when it is implemented successfully and it’s great that our work is being recognised in awards like this. I’m looking forward to attending the ceremony to celebrate the best in Scottish transport schemes alongside the other teams who have been shortlisted.”

The Scottish Transport Awards bring together the transport community to recognise and celebrate industry achievements across Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Network Rail and The Railway Industry Association, the award ceremony will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 22nd June 2023. 

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate towards a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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