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RankinFraser swing into action at Bowling

July 27 2017

RankinFraser swing into action at Bowling
Landscape architects RankinFraser are teaming up with Scottish Canals to press a disused railway viaduct at Bowling Basin, West Dumbartonshire, back into service as a linear park and walking route.

Complementing ongoing work to rejuvenate the basin area the project will see the viaduct and a number of bridges, including one swing bridge, link up with the cycle network, safeguarding the structures themselves in the process.

Offering elevated vantage over both the Forth & Clyde Canal joins the River Clyde new planting will be introduced to green the bridge span while preserving views of the steel latticework and beams, which will be fenced off with a 1.8m high mesh screen for safety.

Connecting embankments will be given over to tree planting with cyclists and pedestrians carefully segregated. A historic canal swing bridge meanwhile will be restored and exposed via steel mesh pathways, creating a viewing platform and seating area.

In a statement Rankin Fraser wrote: “The restoration of the viaduct creates opportunities for further regeneration in Bowling, due to its potential to become a new landmark in the town and its ability to draw cyclists and visitors to the harbour.”

A lift is proposed to ferry pedestrians up to viaduct level from recently restored viaducts and illuminations at night will draw attention to the revitalized structure from surrounding roads.
Custom signage will alert passersby to the new route
Custom signage will alert passersby to the new route
Set viewpoints will offer visitors a new vantage over Bowling
Set viewpoints will offer visitors a new vantage over Bowling


#1 Posted by yep on 27 Jul 2017 at 15:16 PM
This looks to be excellent. The recent work at Bowling Basin has been very positive and makes for a lovely place to stop on a Glasgow to Loch Lomond cycle.

Good that the cycle and pedestrian path will be segregated too, though the plan suggests that the paths will be shared? At any rate its brilliant that people will no longer have to cross the busy Bowling road to continue their journey.

Rankin Fraser always seem to do nice work so can't wait to see this finished. I wonder if they were responsible for the previous landscaping upgrade at the basin?
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#2 Posted by rankinfraser landscape architecture on 27 Jul 2017 at 18:23 PM
Thank you. Yes, rankinfraser landscape architecture were responsible for the recent landscape work at the basin and we are very much looking forward to developing the next phase on the viaduct.

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