About the Helix

We've been on the go since 2003.

The Helix has been around since 2003, born from an idea to create a local greenspace that connects and engages with its local communities. We'd like to think that we've come a long way since then, and made some great achievements in that time. Take a look at some of our achievements below.

In an monumental feat of engineering, The Kelpies, two 30 metre high stainless steel sculptures, rose from the ground in 2013, towering over The Helix and the Forth & Clyde canal.

Construction of The Kelpies began on 17th  June 2013. The two enormous structures were manufactured and installed by SH Structures Limited 

The build was officially completed on 27th November 2013, and was celebrated with a 'topping-out' ceremony featuring Duke and Baron, the Clydesdale life models for The Kelpies.

The Kelpies by numbers

  • 300 tonnes each
  • 30 metres high
  • 1200 tonnes of steel-reinforced concrete foundations per head
  • 928 unique stainless steel skin-plates
  • Built on site in 90 days
  • The worlds largest equine sculptures

 

The Helix has been around since 2003, borne from an idea to create a local urban green space that connects and engages with its local communities. We'd like to think that we've come a long way since then, and made some great achievements in that time.-A kilometre of new canal with towpaths, creating a safe new connection to Grangemouth

  • 27 kilometres of shared access, high quality pathways connecting 16 communities
  • A new lagoon in Helix Park
  • A new splash play area
  • Adventure Play Zone and Splash Play area
  • The Plaza Café
  • A new wetland boardwalk
  • The development of a 16-mile cycle route connecting The Helix, The Kelpies, The Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House.
  • Our pathways connect 16 communities in the local area
  • Sustainable LED lighting for at least 14 kilometres of our new pathways
  • Two new toucan road crossings and a new road underbridge
  • A new group of Nordic Walkers, bringing a new health activity to the area
  • Over 120 trained Nordic Walkers & over 30 trained walk leaders
  • Abbotshaugh Sentinel project
  • Multiple local events annually, many of which are free of charge
  • Accessible play area for all abilities
  • 25 direct training places in woodland management hundreds of ongoing volunteer opportunities
  • A canal tunnel under the M9 motorway
  • Multiple jobs in the local area and contracts for local and national companies

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