A new archway showcasing the starting point of the Fife Coastal Path at the north end of the Kincardine Bridge was unveiled recently by Provost Jim Leishman.
Mounted on stone pillars, the archway was constructed by Babcock apprentices in Rosyth.
The concept behind the creation of the archway is that it should reflect and compliment the local area. This has been achieved with lattice work similar to the design of the Kincardine Bridge and local stone used throughout the structure.
This new structure will be a real focal point for the Fife Coastal Path. It will provide walkers who aspire to complete its 117-mile length with an excellent photo opportunity of where it all begins or finishes! We could not have achieved this magnificent construction project without the generous support of Babcock at Rosyth.
The Forth estuary has a long history of engineering excellence and it seemed right and fitting that the arch stretching across the pillars was made by apprentices working in the local area. We are also grateful to Breedon Aggregates who donated some of the stone which make up the pillars.
Graham Ramsay, technical training manager, Babcock said, "We are delighted to get involved in this community project and have the opportunity to showcase the skills of our apprentices. A lattice curved girder is not an easy structure to fabricate and we are really proud of what the apprentices have worked together to achieve."
Provost Jim Leishman said, "The Fife Coastal Path is a major asset to the people of Fife and having a symbolic feature to indicate the start of the path at Kincardine will only enhance the appeal for visitors and tourists.
I have walked this section of the coastal path on many occasions and the next time I will certainly be getting my photo taken next to this wonderful arch."
We are now working with Babcock apprentices on a completely different style of arch for the opposite end of the path at Newburgh.