The first sketch has been revealed of Alan Dunlop’s much-discussed concept for a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland
The principal of Alan Dunlop Architects outlined his plans at a conference in Aberdeen yesterday (5 September).
Earlier this year Dunlop told The National newspaper that a crossing between the two countries could be created for about £12 billion.
Dunlop, who is professor of architecture at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, will compare the Scotland-Ireland project to a proposed road connecting fjord-lined coastal towns in Norway in a speech at the Urbanism at Borders Conference.
‘We have the engineering and architectural talent and the capability to build this project,’ he told delegates. ‘The Norwegian Coastal Highway is a pioneering and remarkable infrastructure project and a sign of confidence for a forward-looking innovative country. Scotland and Ireland surely can achieve the same.’
Dunlop first mooted the link between Scotland and Ireland after reports that foreign secretary Boris Johnson had proposed a bridge from England to France.
Dunlop said in January: ‘To propose a bridge between Scotland and Ireland would be a big step in creating a Celtic Powerhouse and give politicians the opportunity to invest in the infrastructure of the true North.’
He said a crossing from Mull of Kintyre to Torr Head would cost about £12 billion, but that a bridge between Portpatrick and Bangor or Larne would have more benefits, despite costing more.