"A gazetteer and guidebook to inform anyone with an interest in civilisation."
- Gordon Masterton, President 2005–06, The Institution of Civil Engineers
This book completes the Civil Engineering Heritage series for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. It is an inventory and a guide to a selection of historical engineering works carried out in Scotland over the centuries, from the Callanish Standing Stones to the pre-stressed concrete lighthouse at Ve Skerries. It records Scotland’s achievements as a civilisation and celebrates the men of genius that could see beyond the status quo to a new paradigm – the civil engineers who laid down the foundations of the civilised world we enjoy today.
The entries are arranged geographically in five chapters, starting with Dunoon pier and concluding with the Murchison Oil Production Platform. The areas covered are shown on chapter maps and each of the works covered includes details of its location, scale, the names of its Engineer and Contractor where known, and additional comments from the authors. It also includes supporting images where possible to illustrate the written word.
With significant input from the PHEW Scottish Group Members past and present, the ICE Library and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) this book is a valuable reference and a recreational guide which conveys the invaluable contribution of civil engineering to the transport, water and power infrastructure of our civilisation.
This is an essential read for civil engineers, historians, social commentators, industrial archaeologists, economists, politicians and those with a general interest in the history and development of Scotland.