The cable-stayed bridge – referred to as Drochaid Ceasaig in Gaelic – is taken into account a significant factor of twentieth-century engineering. On the time of its completion in 1982, it was the most important of its type in Europe. He was additionally one of many first to use "anti-seismic" expertise to allow seismic and geological actions; the design of the bridge needed to take into consideration the Nice Glen fault.
Kessock is the third Scottish bridge listed by HES within the final 12 months, after the Erskine Bridge and Drochaid at Chaolais Chumhaing (Kylesku Bridge).
Elizabeth McCrone, Head of Design at HES, mentioned: "I’m delighted that one other instance of the exceptional heritage of bridge constructing in Scotland has turn out to be a categorised construction.
"One of many many inventions of the Drochaid Ceasaig (Kessock Bridge) was its skill to resist excessive climate circumstances and earthquakes ensuing from the Nice Glen geological fault. It has additionally contributed considerably to financial development within the area, significantly easing journey between Inverness and the far north-east.
"Now we have such a heritage of constructing bridges in Scotland and the Drochaid Ceasaig (Kessock Bridge) is a crucial a part of this distinguished custom."
The checklist follows a public session organized by HES earlier this 12 months, throughout which members of the local people have been invited to precise their views on the popularity of the bridge with the listed standing.
Michael Matheson, Cupboard Secretary for Transport Infrastructure and Connectivity, mentioned, "I’m delighted that the Kessock Bridge has been acknowledged for its distinctive historic significance as a listed construction. The cable-stayed bridge, which carries hundreds of autos day by day on the Beauly Firth for almost 40 years, is a crucial hyperlink with the far north of Scotland and performs a central position in supporting the financial development within the area.
"Its design, size and iconic place overlooking the Scottish mountains capital have rightly earned its new standing and I look ahead to persevering with to expertise success because the centerpiece of town's transportation infrastructure. 39; Scotland. "