A leading Scottish architect has proposed building a bridge between Scotland and Ireland to create a ‘Celtic Powerhouse’
Alan Dunlop – professor of architecture at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University – told The National newspaper that such a crossing could be created for about £12 billion.
Dunlop, principal of Alan Dunlop Architects, was speaking after reports that foreign secretary Boris Johnson had proposed a bridge from England to France, something the AJ’s sister title, New Civil Engineer, said could cost ‘hundreds of billions’.
Dunlop said: ‘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.
‘[This] would be better and setting more dramatic – you could potentially see it from Whitehaven, the Lake District and the Isle of Man,’ he said.
‘While much more costly because of the geological and environmental challenges, it would also reinvigorate the area around Stranraer and potentially the whole Ayrshire coast from Troon to Stranraer and the whole north coastline of the Solway Firth for people coming from the North of England.
‘I would estimate that option to cost about £15-20 billion as a conservative estimate.’
Moxon Architects founder Ben Addy said Mull of Kintyre to County Antrim was the best bet for a Scotland-to-Ireland crossing.
’If it means that Campbelltown gets proper connections back to the rest of Scotland so much the better,’ he added. ’Although this would of course entail several more bridges.’