ASH worked as masterplanners, landscape architects and environmental management systems auditors for the award winning Falkirk Wheel project

In 1999, ASH was commissioned as project Environmental Advisors on the Falkirk Wheel project, the showpiece of the £78 million Millennium Link project, restoring navigation on Scotland’s historic Forth and Clyde and Union Canals.

The scheme, one of the biggest canal restoration projects in Europe, has brought the 110km of canal from Glasgow to Edinburgh, back to life.

The 35 metre high Falkirk Wheel is the world’s first rotating boat lift and dramatically connects the routes and levels of the two Canals at the Falkirk Interchange. The giant wheel with caissons of water transfer barges from one level to another in approximately 15 minutes.

The project was awarded the Saltire Civil Engineering Award in 2002, selected as a project advancing the art of civil engineering in Scotland.

Key Tasks

EIA coordination and project management

Landscape and visual impact assessment

Landscape mitigation


Stakeholder consultation

Public consultation

What we did

ASH has had a multi-facited role in this prestigious project, working for Morrison Bachy Solentanch as; masterplanners, landscape architects and environmental management systems auditors.

ASH also carried out an environmental impact assessment for the development providing in-house landscape, visual and ecological expertise and co-ordinating specialist inputs from archaeologists and noise consultants.

As landscape masterplanners, ASH ensured that once inside the site, car and coach parking would be hidden from view in clearings within an area of planting, so as not to detract from the wheel experience.

The development was opened by the Queen in summer 2002.


Find out more

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