WT Architecture has revealed the latest images of its project to transform Scotland’s iconic Forth Bridge into a new tourist attraction
Plans by the South Queensferry-based practice will create two new visitor centres, a bridge walk and panoramic lift on the 124-year old cantilevered structure which connects Edinburgh with Fife.
Visitors arriving from North Queensferry would enter a visitor centre beneath the northern Fife Tower via a landscaped shore-side walk. The centre would include education and exhibition facilities alongside catering, retail and a hospitality space.
A ramp will connect the centre to two panoramic elevators providing access to a 110 metre-high viewing platform at the top of the bridge
At South Queensferry another visitor reception centre will provide guided bridge walks along the south approach viaduct on a pre-existing walkway underneath the track before climbing to the top of the southern Queensferry Tower using a walkway within the top cantilever.
This second reception centre would be developed on Network Rail-owned land underneath the southern approach span, just a short walk from Dalmeny Station.
Network Rail acting route managing director for Scotland David Dickson said: ‘We’re currently assessing the early feasibility study and developing a detailed business plan for delivery of these proposals. The market research study, launched today, will give us more detailed understanding of the potential market for these visitor plans and we’re keen to hear from as many people as possible, whether you’re excited about visiting the bridge or completely petrified by the prospect.
‘The images we’ve released provide a bit more of an insight into how we’d like to package visits to the bridge. They will be used over the coming weeks to help facilitate discussions with local communities and relevant organisations and interest groups.
‘We look forward to developing these plans further in the coming months at which point we’ll have a better idea of the delivery timescales.’
A consultation on the project opened this week.
Visit the project website for more information