Glasgow approves contract to BAM Nuttall to build new bridge on M8 motorway

WCN Editorial Team 17 Jan 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Glasgow City Council has approved a contract to BAM Nuttall for the construction of a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge connecting Sighthill and Glasgow city centre, over the M8 motorway.

Worth £18.47m, the contract is funded through the Glasgow City Region Deal, an agreement between the Scottish, UK governments and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
Under the contract, the UK and the Scottish governments will each provide £500m for infrastructure projects across the Glasgow city region.

As per Glasgow, the new bridge which will connect Sighthill and communities in North Glasgow to the city centre is being developed to offer simple access to the city centre, as 1,000 new homes are expected to be built in Sighthill once the regeneration is completed.

The structure of the new bridge, which will replace the existing one, will be landscaped both from the northern and southern approaches, forming new civic spaces, allowing free movement for cyclists and pedestrians with special places to pause and enjoy the environment.

Scheduled to begin this February, construction of the new bridge is expected to be completed in late summer next year.

Spanning just over 58m, the bridge’s width will vary between 20mat its widest point and 7.5m at its narrowest point. The bridge could weigh 2,420 tonnes, with 420 tonnes of steel and 2,000 tonnes of concrete. Its structure will be a steel box girder with reinforced concrete composite desk slab.

The existing North Wallace Street Footbridge and an existing high mast light will be first demolished by BAM Nuttall and then the new footbridge will be built over M8.

The new bridge will feature wing walls and ramps on both approaches, with walls being retained on the south approaches. Two new high mast lights will also be built.

According to the city council, the new bridge has been designed in such a way that it will need minimal maintenance and is also claimed to not require any painting. The parapets have also been designed to emphasise key views across the city skyline, yet obscuring direct lines of sight to the motorway below.

Scottish Government Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “I welcome this new bridge, which will provide quick, easy and environmentally-friendly access to the city centre for the people of Sighthill and the surrounding area.

“Including our additional investment, the Scottish Government has now committed to more than £1.8 billion in City Region and Growth deals, helping to bring improvements like this to communities right across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

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Image: Rendering of the new cyclist bridge on M8 motorway. (Credit: Glasgow City Council).

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