Working with principle build partners, Keltbray, Ramboll, Aggregate industries, and Urban Union, the Hope Sculpture is a showcase of how the construction industry can respond to build better and more sustainably as we transition to a net zero future.

The structure is the centre piece of three public art installations by Steuart Padwick located across Glasgow, with each sculpture constructed using low carbon, reclaimed, recycled or sustainable materials, of which, almost all have been locally sourced. It is a showcase of how industry, organisations and people are committed to build more sustainably, as we transition to a net zero future.

At 20m high, the monumental Hope Sculpture represents a beacon of hope and positivity towards reaching global environmental milestones, located in Clyde Gateway’s beautiful woodland park at Cuningar Loop. Its long, elegant columns take their form from the brick chimney stalks that once littered the East End of Glasgow. Unlike its predecessors, this deconstructed chimney stalk is made from an innovative new low carbon 100% cement free concrete incorporating locally sourced aggregates.

On top of the columns is an age, gender, race neutral child, embracing the surrounding nature and is reaching out to a greener, hopeful future. It too is constructed using 100% cement free concrete and recycled crushed glass. Hidden from view, but significant also to the carbon impact of the build are re-claimed steel gas pipes used for the piling and recycled rebar, all contributing to the Hope Sculpture’s huge 75% lower carbon impact.

Keltbray’s lifting services pledged to assist with the lift of the sculpture once created, in addition to Keltbray’s Foundation and Health & Wellbeing Committee supporting to deliver on the mental health aspect of the sculpture.

Paul Deacy Managing Director, Demolition & Civil Engineering at Keltbray said: “Keltbray is honoured to be a part of The Hope Sculpture project. The sculpture is a powerful symbol and it means a lot to us to be able to help deliver such an important beacon of hope. Our values are very much aligned with the project, as sustainability and wellbeing are embedded in everything we do as a business. We have very much enjoyed collaborating with the other businesses involved to bring this meaningful sculpture to the people of Glasgow.” 

Two further sculptures include the ‘Beacon of Hope’ at Glasgow Central Station and the Hope Triptych located at Strathclyde university both feature the Child of Hope. Made from contoured layers of FSC Scottish-grown Sitka Spruce, the Beacon of Hope celebrates the expanding timber construction industry that Scotland is developing, whilst the Hope Triptych is a playful adaptation of the Child of Hope, composed of three colourful figures, symbolising the power of coming together and made from reclaimed sheet steel with a low carbon cement-free concrete foundation.

The project, supported by Glasgow City Council is part of the official COP26 legacy and will form an important part of making a difference beyond COP.

Linking our built environment with improved mental wellbeing, Padwick worked with Mental Health Foundation Scotland & NI on all messaging. Words of Hope have been written by some of Scotland’s favourite voices, writers, and poets as well as local school children. These words have been inscribed directly onto all the sculptures. Each sculpture has mental health signposting close by to offer a range of support.

Find out more about the project at the Hope Sculpture website:



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Notes for Editors

About Keltbray

Keltbray is a leading multi-disciplinary engineering and construction services business, offering a uniquely integrated delivery capability spanning key phases of the client value chain.

Keltbray provides certainty of outcome for prestigious public and private sector clients often in highly regulated markets like rail and energy, contributing to the development and maintenance of Britain’s rapidly changing economic and social infrastructure.

Our professionally accredited teams of engineering and construction professionals take pride in delivering safely and sustainably to enhance, upgrade and decarbonise our clients’ capital assets.

About Steuart Padwick

Artist and Designer Steuart Padwick has created several major public art installations in support of mental health. He is also a designer of furniture, lighting and products for domestic and contract spaces.  Many of his designs have sculptural references.

About the Partners

Principle Build Partners

Aggregate Industries are leading player in the construction materials industry, producing a wide range of construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products. We also produce, import and supply cementitious materials and offer a national road surfacing and contracting service.

Ramboll is a global engineering, architecture and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. Our 16,000 experts create sustainable solutions across Buildings; Transport; Water; Environment & Health; Architecture, Landscape & Urbanism; Energy and Management Consulting.

Urban Union specialises in large-scale regeneration projects and has an unrivalled commitment to creating communities, not simply building new homes.  Part of Robertson Group, it’s currently delivering three mixed-tenure developments: Pennywell Living in Edinburgh, Laurieston Living and Pollokshaws Living in Glasgow.