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Glasgow Bridge

Competiton to design Pedestrian Link over River Clyde in Strathclyde, Scotland

Glasgow Bridge Competition

New Glasgow Bridge
Revised designs by new architects: Dissing and Weitling, £28m approx. cost, completed 2008

Glasgow Pedestrian Bridge, photo from 10 Feb 2011

Glasgow Pedestrian Bridge
photograph © Adrian Welch

Originally won by Richard Rogers Architects / W.S. Atkins

A Bridge too far?
As expected the new budget for the ‘iconic bridge’ is lowered, to £22m. Meanwhile the massive ‘iconic’ steel arch of the Finnieston Bridge is firmly in place downstream, reminiscent of the Wilkinson Eyre ‘Winking Bridge’, and indeed the shelved RRP/Atkins Glasgow bridge. May 2006

Richard Rogers gained planning permission for the Glasgow bridge in Dec 2004 but the design was abandoned in Spring 2006

Glasgow Bridge Competition
Glasgow Bridge design
photo : Steve Hosey Graphics

For comparison: Gateshead Millennium Bridge – ‘Winking Bridge’, North East England
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Wilkinson Eyre Bridge image provided by RIAS May 2002

GCC Pedestrian Bridge Competition

Glasgow Pedestrian Bridge

Richard Rogers Architects / WS Atkins were selected to design the new bridge across the River Clyde. £40m pedestrian curved crossing was decided by Glasgow City Council (GCC).

‘Called Neptune’s Way, the new arc-shaped design will link Tradeston and Broomielaw, and will include high quality public realm areas on either side of the river.’

‘The bridge, an elliptical crescent, was the unanimous choice of the judging panel and was also the public’s favourite when it was recently displayed with models of the rival bridge designs’.

Richard Rogers
Glasgow Bridge: image from Richard Rogers Partnership

“Charlie Gordon, council leader, banged on about the bridge reselmbling ‘a prow of a ship” – yawn. How much longer should Glasgow be held to ransom by limited imaginations which can’t see beyond the shipbuilding past? It’s as if all cultural activity from now on should be about celebrating, at the most, 70 years of heavy industry.”

Six Teams – Glasgow Bridge Competition Second Stage
27 Oct (Anonymous):

1. Richard Rogers Partnership / WS Atkins: Neptune’s Way
2. Lifschutz Davidson: via
3. Arup with Norman Foster (Andy Bow): Glasgow’s Mirror Bridge
4. gm+ad architects: Latis
5. Future Systems with McKeown Alexander: Peoples’ Crossing
6. Studio Bednarski with Austin Smith Lord: clyde 9

All shortlisted architects were asked for images, all six below, only thumbnails:-

Images of Richard Rogers Partnership / Atkins entry: Neptune’s Way
Glasgow bridge

Images of Lifschutz Davidson entry: via
Glasgow Bridge Scotland

Images of Future Systems with McKeown Alexander entry: Peoples’ Crossing
Clyde Bridge, Glasgow

Images of gm+ad entry: Latis
Glasgow Bridge Competition

images of Foster + Partners entry: Arup with Norman Foster: Glasgow’s Mirror Bridge
Fosters, Glasgow Bridge

images of Studio Bednarski with Austin Smith Lord: clyde 9
Glasgow Bridge

Dec 2003 – Jan 2004: The Lighthouse

Bridge Competition Shortlist images shown in BD of 31 Oct & Glasgow Bridge exhibition at the Lighthouse.

Richard Rogers / WS Atkins project to build a £18m footbridge from the Broomielaw to Tradeston: GCC were to set appoint Faithful and Gould as the bridge’s engineer designers in mid 2004.

Glasgow City Council – Bridge Name: information 3 Oct 2005
name the bridge competition is launched

Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council, and schoolchildren from Hillhead Primary today jointly launched a competition to name the newest pedestrian bridge over the River Clyde.

Details of the competition to find a suitable name for the Tradeston Broomielaw pedestrian and cycle bridge were unveiled at the Museum of Transport.

The public are now able to enter the competition either at the Museum, by email or post. The Council has put forward five names for the public to consider as part of the competition although it is also encouraging everyone to come up with their own unique name. The winner of the contest will attend the opening ceremony for the bridge, due to take place at the end of 2007, as part of the VIP list.

Councillor Purcell said: “The bridge is for the future generations of Glaswegians and is something to be very proud of. In particular, we want the children of Glasgow to claim this bridge as their own.

“With this in mind, we are challenging the children and, indeed, adults of Glasgow to help us out. This is a unique opportunity to give this bridge a name. We want a name worthy of a bridge which I believe will become a future icon on a completely regenerated River Clyde.

“We would like to hear what Glaswegians think of the five name that have been put forward as part of the competition. But we hope that once the people of Glasgow put their minds to it, then they can come up with their own suggestions. I hope everyone is up to the challenge.”

A model of the oval bridge, which will link the International Financial Services District (IFSD) on the Broomielaw to the emerging urban quarter of Tradeston on the southbank, will be on display in the Museum of Transport for the duration of the competition which finishes at the end of October. It has been on public display in the City Chambers for the last few weeks.

The bridge which is due to start in January 2006 and finish the end of 2007 is part of a £34.6 million project, of which nearly £4.7 million is from the European Regional Development Fund.

People can enter the competition by filling out the postcards provided at the Museum of Transport. Entries will also be taken via email on or by post to Name the Bridge, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council, 229 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QU.

The competition finishes on Fri 28 Oct 2005.

The five names the Council has come up with are:
* Mercantile Bridge – Recognising the merchants’ role in the development of Glasgow’s economy.
* James Watt Bridge – Scotsman James Watt was the inventor of the first practical steam engine which helped transform the world from an agricultural to an industrial one. His workshop was in close to the site of the new bridge.
* The Comet – The first steam paddle vessel on the River Clyde. In 1812, the Comet became the first passenger service on the Clyde between Glasgow and Greenock.
* Napier’s Bridge – Robert Napier is know as the father of Clyde shipbuilding.
* Dewar Bridge – In May 1999, Glaswegian Donald Dewar became the first First Minister of the first Scottish Parliament in almost 300 years.

The Glasgow bridge project also includes a public pontoon, a new quay wall at Tradeston, the redevelopment of the public realm along both sides of the river bank with soft landscaping, pavilions to house cafes and restaurants, event spaces and innovative lighting.

Turning the bridge and all other elements of the project into reality will be the job of a professional consortium led by project and cost managers Faithful & Gould, world-leading design and engineering consultancy Atkins, with renowned architects Richard Rogers Partnership and international lighting architects Speirs & Major Associates.

The bridge model is owned by Atkins, who have lent it to the Council for the duration of the competition at the Museum of Transport.

The Glasgow Museum of Transport is due to be relocated to a new riverside location in the next few years. Called the Riverside Museum, it will be sited on the northbank of the Clyde adjacent to the River Kelvin. The £50m Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid, is expected to open to the public in early 2009.

3 Oct 2005
Carbuncle Awards – Prospect magazine

The new Tradeston/Broomielaw pedestrian and cycle bridge has been included in the short-list of the Carbuncle Awards. One of six finalists in the Pock Mark Award for the Worst Planning Decision, the Bridge is currently the subject of a naming competition being run by Glasgow City Council.

The nomination for the proposed new bridge across the Clyde was made at It said: “Thank heavens. For ages I’ve been wanting to make a long circuitous walk to Broomielaw. Now, I can. Nothing better sums up the current lack of ideas in Glasgow City Council than this frankly ******** concept. One, it is hugely derivative of Wilkinson Eyre’s Millenium Bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead. (And that owed a debt of influence to Calatrava)…. Two, it doesn’t go anywhere. The Millenium Bridge goes between the Quay and Baltic; the one in London goes between a wee church called St. Paul’s and a wee gallery called Tate Modern. Three, it’s going to cost £40 million.”

The Carbuncles Awards organisers do not endorse this opinion but suggest that in the same spirit, perhaps the bridge should be called the Newcastle-Gateshead Millenium Bridge. The rest of the shortlist will be announced at the Scottish Design Show on October 6 2005, which will be held at the Tramway in Glasgow.

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Other developments on the River Clyde include the:-
Custom House Quay, Tradeston, Atlantic Quay, Broomielaw and SECC

Another Glasgow bridge designed by a contemporary architect is the Kelvingrove Bridge proposal by John McAslan.

Glasgow Transport Museum
Glasgow Transport Museum
photo © Adrian Welch

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