THE contract for the build of an £18.4 million bridge has been awarded by Glasgow City Council.
The new bridge, which will connect Sighthill and communities in North Glasgow to the city centre, will be built by BAM Nuttall.
The council has said that the development is a ‘key stage’ in the £250 million Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA).
Work is scheduled to begin in February, with the council estimating a completion date of summer 2021. Immediate work will see the demolishment of the existing North Wallace Street footbridge.
Glasgow City Council said that the approach taken to the design means that the bridge will need minimal maintenance, and will not require painting – therefore minimising disruption to the motorway.
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, commented, “This new bridge will transform and encourage connectivity to and from Sighthill and will very much be a symbol of the emerging regeneration and revitalisation of the North of Glasgow.
“Communities like Sighthill are so close to the centre of Glasgow but have for far too long felt remote from it, physically, socially and economically. The new bridge will connected a vibrant new community to the benefits of its wonderful location and to the wider city.”