Case Study - Recording Scotland’s biggest construction project

Work has begun on Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project, the Forth Replacement Crossing, which when complete, will join the country’s iconic Forth Rail and Forth Road Bridges. A photographic record of work as it develops will be taken to document construction – similar to that collated for the two existing bridges when they were being built – leaving a historic legacy for generations to come.

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The responsibility of capturing the project as it develops has been given to Edinburgh-based photography business, White House Studios.

The business, which specialises in aerial, industrial and commercial photography, has an impressive track record in recording a number of Scottish construction projects, buildings and landmarks. Business-owner Tony Gorzkowski founded White House Studios in 1981 following a career in the RAF as a navigator where he gained experience of low-level aerial photography.

With a dedicated aircraft based at Glenrothes Airport in Fife, White House Studios was ideally placed to tender for the contract of site photography advertised by SRB Civil Engineering Ltd, one of the three contractors involved in the bridge construction and related road infrastructure work. 

All subcontracting work for the Forth Replacement Crossing is being advertised through Public Contracts Scotland, The Scottish Government’s flagship procurement portal. 

Already registered with the portal, White House Studios was able to offer the contractor an attractive package of services for the duration of the project. The business will be responsible for monthly ground and bi-monthly aerial photography, as well as time-lapse photography and webcams.

Tony said: “The Forth Replacement Crossing is a very exciting project to be involved in and it is fantastic to have been awarded the contract to document its construction.

“Public Contracts Scotland is an important resource for the business – it’s a valuable tool for keeping up with potential opportunities, around 15 per cent of our turnover this year will come through the portal. I find the email alert function particularly useful, it means I only receive notifications for contracts which are relevant to the business.”