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Big players line up for tilt at designing new Glasgow bridge

A glittering line-up is to battle it out for the chance to design a new bridge over the River Clyde in Glasgow.

The six teams invited to draw up proposals for the £40 million project are Foster and Partners, Richard Rogers Partnership, Lifschutz Davidson, Future Systems with McKeown Alexander Architects, Studio Bednarski with Austin-Smith: Lord and Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects.

The successful team will design the new pedestrian/cycleway bridge along with substantial public spaces at Clyde Place, Tradeston and on the Broomielaw waterfront between Kingston Bridge and the George V Bridge.

The leader of Glasgow City Council, Charlie Gordon, said he was delighted at the calibre of architects pitching for the job. 'It's not just a question of building an iconic bridge, ' he said. 'The successful bidder will be given the opportunity to work up ideas for development at Tradeston and the Broomielaw and to design a range of inspirational public realm works on both banks of the river. It is a major regeneration and design challenge, one I'm sure is going to capture the imagination of the Glasgow public.'

The winning team will be chosen towards the end of the year.

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