Farrans confirmed as contractor for £29.5 million Govan – Partick Bridge project


GLASGOW City Council has confirmed the contract for the Govan – Partick Bridge project has been awarded to Farrans (Construction) Limited.

The £29.5 million Glasgow City Region City Deal project includes the construction of a new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the River Clyde between Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay in Partick.

Ten contractors submitted bids for the contract, with the top five scoring of these invited to submit a tender. Three did, with Farrans (Construction) selected for the contract award as the highest scoring on criteria which included price, quality, design, construction impact, quality control and fair work practices.

The local authority said 143 construction jobs will be supported through this project.

The bridge is aimed at creating a link between communities, visitor attractions and institutions of national economic importance, and is part of the active travel route between the University of Glasgow’s campus at Gilmorehill and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Work is expected to commence in January 2022, with project completion likely to be towards the end of 2023.

Glasgow City Council revealed that in addition to the construction of the fabricated steel cable stayed opening swing bridge, the project will also see:

  • Demolition of a section of masonry/concrete quay wall and access stairs at Water Row;
  • Construction of a sheet piled quay wall and infilling to finished ground level to extend Pointhouse Quay to form the north bridge landing, access ramp and public realm;
  • Construction of a reinforced concrete abutment/quay wall and Infilling of the disused Govan Ferry Inlet at Water Row in Govan to form the south landing;
  • Construction of bridge approach ramps, retaining walls, provision of drainage and public realm at the north and south bridge landings;
  • Bridge and public realm statutory and feature lighting;
  • Diversion of the Scottish Water Combined Sewer Outfall at Pointhouse Quay;
  • Extension and modification of existing Cathodic Protection Scheme at Pointhouse Quay; and
  • Installation of timber fenders and access for a layby berth at Merklands Quay on the Clyde.

Final approval of the contract will be considered at the Glasgow City Region Cabinet on 7 December.

Councillor Susan Aitken, chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said, “The award of this contract will mark a key stage in a project which will be transformative for the Clyde waterfront and the city region. The Govan – Partick Bridge will not only provide an active travel connection between the west end and the south side of the city, but will directly create new jobs, apprenticeships, training and other opportunities, as well as complementing a number of other ongoing or forthcoming major regeneration projects that stretch all the way from the University of Glasgow to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.”