New Clyde crossing opens

18 Sep 2006

Glasgow's iconic new £20 million river crossing the Clyde Arc opens for business today.

Funded by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and Glasgow City Council the bridge provides the first new city centre traffic crossing over the river for more than 30 years. The four lane bridge links Finnieston near the SECC on the north bank, to the Pacific Quay site on the south side.

The distinctive arched structure provides a new landmark on the river and is a key link in the continued regeneration of Clyde Waterfront.

It was officially opened by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, chairman, Willie Haughey OBE and the leader of Glasgow City Council, Steven Purcell.

"Getting this bridge open on time and on budget is a key milestone in the regeneration of this part of the river. Work to turn Pacific Quay into the city's media and creative industry quarter is pushing ahead and this crossing will open up the site and the surrounding area to new development and investment opportunities," said Mr Haughey.

"The Clyde Arc bridge is visual evidence of both the crucial role we can play in developing the city economy and the regeneration potential that's now being realised along the length of the river."

Both BBC Scotland and the Scottish Media Group are in the process of opening new corporate HQs on the former Garden Festival site. It's estimated that when complete the development will support more than 3500 high value jobs.

Glasgow City Council is the key partner in the redevelopment of the river and has been instrumental in the successful completion of the bridge.

Opening the new bridge, Steven Purcell, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "This is an iconic structure and a symbol of the ongoing regeneration of the Clyde. Glasgow's skyline has changed dramatically in recent years, with record investment bringing more jobs than ever before and a real opportunity for everyone to share in our economic success story.

"The Clyde Arc connects once derelict banks of the river to new and thriving neighbourhoods which have become the catalyst for a city-wide renaissance."

One of the key features of the 140 metre span is the capability to cope with a light transport system, such as a tram, in the future. It was designed by the Halcrow Group and is being built by Kilsyth based civil engineering contractor Edmund Nuttall Ltd.

Nuttall's Divisional Director for Scotland, James Scobie said:

"We are delighted that the new crossing has delivered the dramatic visual impact that we envisaged as we developed the design. What is not so readily apparent however is the creativity, engineering innovation and detailed planning that allowed us to complete the construction process quickly, safely and with minimal impact on the environment."

Iain Salisbury, Project Director at Halcrow added: "The setting of the bridge makes its visual appeal vitally important.  While it was inevitable the bridge would become a landmark, we have ensured that the design is in keeping with its surroundings.  The final blueprint is a simple, classic design which reflects Glasgow's reputation as a city with style."

 

Media contact:
Craig Cowbrough
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  • Steven Purcell, Leader Glasgow City Council