Riverside Transport Museum starts to take shape

23 Sep 2008

by Vivienne Nicoll, Evening Times

The steel skeleton of the landmark £74million Riverside Museum has begun to rise from the ground.

Motorists passing the huge site of the new transport museum on the banks of the Clyde can see the start of what will be an iconic new building.

But the 100 workers on the project have had to battle dreadful weather to get it this far.

The steelwork for the structure will be carried out in seven phases and is due to be completed in May next year.

Phase one is complete, phase two is well under way and phase three has just begun.

Jim Ward, construction manager of contractor HBG, said: "Last Tuesday, when it rained the entire day, we were still on site until 4pm - probably one of the only jobs in Scotland to be working.

"We were pouring concrete and erecting steel in horrendous conditions and the guys had mud up to their knees.

"Weather like we have had this summer affects morale and slows things down a bit but ours is a hard industry as we have to be out in all conditions.

"A lot of other jobs would stop but we have carried on."

The latest phase of the work is when the highly unusual roof takes shape.

Mr Ward said: "The roof will look like a roller coaster."

In total, the complex building designed by architect Zaha Hadid, will require 2500 tonnes of steel of which 400 tonnes is already in place.

The building is due for completion in August 2010.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

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