Swan in flight for Clydebank

28 Apr 2008

A specially designed "swan in flight" canopy was lowered into place on the canal bridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal at Sylvannia Way, Clydebank Shopping Centre.

It is part of a major £2 million canal regeneration and environmental improvement programme in Clydebank, funded by the Scottish Government's Cities Growth Fund, Europe through the Urban II grant, West Dunbartonshire Council, Clydebank Re-built and British Waterways Scotland.

The new Canal Bridge Canopy was designed by Neil McLean of award-winning RMJM Architects who teamed up with specialists Buro Happold to devise the elegant structure. It was constructed by Yoker-based Gray & Dick Ltd, one of the UK's leading specialists in fabrication of steel and glass structures.

The winning design was chosen last year from over 60 entries in a national architects' competition run by Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and Clydebank Re-built, the town's urban regeneration company.

Eleanor McAllister, Managing Director of Clydebank Re-built said "Clydebank Re-built was delighted to commission the winning "swan in flight" bridge canopy over the Forth & Clyde canal as part of the canal regeneration in the centre of Clydebank.

"The new bridge canopy will be an iconic structure and another beacon for the regeneration of Clydebank. Its distinctive design like a swan in flight will stand out and during the hours of darkness it will be specially lit up".

Winning designer, Neil McLean of architects RMJM, added that he wanted to create a design that reflected the natural environment and rejuvenation of the town and surrounding area.

"The canopy takes inspiration from a swan in flight over the canal, with two long cantilevering wing spans emerging from a central supporting steel structure. It was also symbolic of the community rising to take on a new life as part of the town's wider regeneration plans."

Final completion of the canopy and the north canal bank environmental improvements contracts is scheduled for the end May.



  • The 'Swan' being craned into position