Squiggly bridge unveiled as costs capped at £33m

06 Dec 2006

The design of a dramatic new bridge linking Broomielaw and Tradeston has been unveiled for the first time as part of a £33million regeneration project.

Spiralling costs forced Glasgow City Council to scrap its original plans for the new 'squiggly' footbridge with an original concept from Richard Rogers, brainchild of the Millenium Dome, passing the £60m mark.

However, the total cost of the project has now been capped at £33m with the bridge to cost between £3m and £6m and the remainder being spent on reinforcing the Quay wall and providing access roads, drainage and general ground works.

A tender of £3,658,699 has been accepted from Edmund Nuttall Ltd, the same company that worked in partnership with the council to build the Clyde Arc (affectionately dubbed the 'squinty bridge').

Councillors are expected to approve the tender at a committee meeting on Friday and the bridge should be completed by May 2008.

Councillor Hanzala Malik, the executive member for development & regeneration services at the council, praised the design and said it will be a key feature of a "world class" development along the International Financial Services District in Broomielaw and Tradeston.

He said: "This is an outstanding design which represents great value for money for the people of Glasgow.

"This bridge will provide the link to excellent public realm work on both banks which will provide a highly attractive area in which to work, live and play.

"We have worked with the contractors before on the construction of the Clyde Arc and have no doubt they will provide a bridge which will be equally popular."

Edmund Nuttal Ltd will lead the project with sub contractors Halcrow as design engineers and Danish architect firm Dissing + Weitling providing the vision for the new bridge.  A spokesman for Edmund Nuttall Ltd refused to comment before the tender went to committee on Friday but said the firm was "hopeful of being awarded the contract" and is in "ongoing discussions with Glasgow City Council".

No name has been given to the new structure but a council source said the design has led to it being dubbed the "squiggly" bridge to go alongside the nearby "squinty" bridge.

A competition is expected to be announced to decide the official name of the bridge which was originally called 'Neptune's Way' when it was designed by Mr Rogers.

Of the £33m project budget, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow will deliver £10m to be spent on the Quay Wall and ground work and the European Regional Development Fund will supply £4.7m. The entire project is expected to be £27,834,473 with built-in contingencies for increased costs which would take it up to the £33m mark.

  • Artist's impression of Broomielaw-Tradeston bridge supplied by Glasgow City Council