Sustrans Scotland is looking for a design team to transform an abandoned railway viaduct on the outskirts of Glasgow into a walking and cycling route
The team selected for the estimated £250,000 contract will review an existing feasibility study and draw up concepts for a new ‘active travel path’ crossing the River Clyde in Carmyle on the eastern fringes of the city.
The project will either replace or rehabilitate a disused railway bridge, which was constructed in 1897 and is in a poor state of repair. Nearby amenities in the area – which is expected to be the focus of new housing development – include the National Cycle Route 75 which runs from Edinburgh to Gourock via Glasgow. Carmyle is a suburban residential area around 7km south-east of the Glasgow’s centre.
In its brief, Sustrans Scotland says it wants to install ‘an active travel path across the structure to provide a link between the communities of Carmyle, Glasgow and Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire over the River Clyde.
‘The 140m-long viaduct … is owned by Sustrans sister charity Railway Paths Limited. A housing developer plans to develop housing in Carmyle and it is Sustrans’ intention to influence their transport plan through execution of this project.’
The viaduct’s distinctive steel lattice structure stands on three sandstone pillars and has been disused since the early 1980s.
Sustrans Scotland is a charity promoting more journeys by foot, bike or public transport.
The winning team will review an existing feasibility study and confirm the preferred option before completing a technical feasibility study, preliminary design and then construction designs.
Initial bids will be assessed 30 per cent on staff capability, 15 per cent on capacity, 30 per cent on organisational experience, 15 per cent on quality assurance, and 10 per cent on health and safety and environmental protection.
The deadline for applications is midday, 2 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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