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Kettle Collective swing bridge over the Clyde gets the OK

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Scottish ministers have approved plans drawn up by Falkirk Wheel designer Tony Kettle for an opening road bridge near Glasgow

Holyrood’s Directorate for Local Government and Communities granted consent to the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside scheme.

The project will see Edinburgh-based Kettle Collective create a 184m-long cable-stayed swing bridge to link communities on either side of the River Clyde west of Glasgow.

Kettle Collective said the bridge design ’celebrates the River Clyde’s rich shipbuilding heritage’.

’As the bridge opens and closes, the two vertical masts rotate to evoke the turning motion of cranes on the Clyde,’ it added in a statement. ’This will create drama and dynamism that we believe will draw people to the area. 

’Subtle lighting effects will take place as the bridge rotates and add to the visual spectacle.’

As well as two traffic lanes with a combined width of 7.3m, the crossing will feature a 3m-wide cycleway and a separate 2m-wide pedestrian footway as it joins Dock Street in Clydebank with Meadowside Street in Renfrew.

The broader approved scheme will include creation of the Renfrew North Development Road, consisting of 750m of new highway as well as the upgrading of 400m of the existing Argyll Avenue. Further works to the road, cycle and pedestrian network will also be incorporated.

Ministers were asked to call in and decide the planning application by the three local authorities with jurisdiction – Glasgow City Council, Renfrewshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson hailed the planning decision as ‘fantastic news for the City Region and for Scotland’.

‘Current businesses will gain access to more customers and suppliers, while new companies and developers will be attracted to locate to the regenerated waterfront,’ he said.

‘Communities on both sides of the Clyde will benefit from greatly improved access to their work, to education and to hospitals through the new connections, which will also help reduce congestion and improve journey times.’

Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside has been funded by the £1.1 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Kettle designed the Falkirk Wheel, which opened in 2002, while working at RMJM.

Project data

Location Glasgow

Type of project Bridge

Client Glasgow City Region City Deal

Architect Kettle Collective

Landscape architect Sweco and Kettle Collective

Planning consultant Sweco

Structural engineer Sweco

M&E consultant Sweco / KGAL Global

Quantity surveyor Sweco

Planning supervisor Sweco

Lighting consultant Nulty Lighting

Funding City deal

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  • Nice images, but they 'gloss over' the need for a hefty interlock at the meeting ends; I wonder why?

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    Will be interesting to see how they equalise the stresses on each cable as it rotates. Glasgow already has a tower that doesn't turn, a few miles up-river.

    I do think this design will evolve and be quite a landmark.

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