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New RIAS competition

October 5 2006

The RIAS has launched a competition to design a new £200,000 canopy for the pedestrian way across the Forth and Clyde Canal at Clydebank Shopping Centre. The new design will replace an existing 25-year-old metal-latticed framed canopy that is not popular with local people. The new 40 metre long canopy has to accommodate the bridge opening to canal traffic and will eventually link the town centre to Queens Quays, the former John Brown shipyards site.

"We are looking for an innovative design that will reflect the new spirit of regeneration in Clydebank. It will be highly visible not just to pedestrians crossing the canal bridge, but can be seen from the air as it is under the flight path to Glasgow Airport"", said Eleanor McAllister, the chief executive of Clydebank Re-built, the pathfinder urban regeneration company.

The closing date for the competition is 17 November.  Representatives from the West Dunbartonshire Council who own the bridge and British Waterways who are responsible for the canal will be on the judging panel. The project will be funded by West Dunbartonshire Council through a grant from the Scottish Executive's Cities Growth Fund.

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