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April 2 2019

Tri-directional footbridge to reconnect North Glasgow canal communities

Scottish Canals have formalised plans to introduce a new footbridge at the Stockingfield Junction of the Forth & Clyde Canal to reconnect a section of towpath severed by the construction of the Bowling canal branch back in the 18th century.

Designed by engineering firm Jacobs to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists the tri-directional bridge will connect Gilsochhill, Maryhill and Ruchill with a single link, all overlooked by a large pylon observation deck.

Along the way, a statement ‘Big Man’ sculpture has been jettisoned in favour of a more practical pylon form, partially raised above the ground to reduce its length.

In a statement, the engineers wrote: “This structurally efficient solution when married to the inclining topography on the Ruchill hillside, derived a form of structure that allowed for the creation of an open observation area, level with the backstay foundations.”

LED projectors will be mounted at strategic points along both banks to bathe the structure in light.

Landscaping will further embed the bridge infrastructure within its surroundings
Landscaping will further embed the bridge infrastructure within its surroundings

5 Comments

Damp Proof Membrane
#1 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 2 Apr 2019 at 16:28 PM
'Structurally efficient' = faceted, non-harmonious geometry. A good project realised with forced, cumbersome design.
David
#2 Posted by David on 2 Apr 2019 at 17:19 PM
'Designed by Engineering firm Jacobs' explains everything...
withouteyes
#3 Posted by withouteyes on 2 Apr 2019 at 21:10 PM
The design sounds so elegant and inspired...
Robert
#4 Posted by Robert on 2 Apr 2019 at 22:36 PM
Does the mean the council might take seriously the maintenance and upkeep of Lochburn Road to service it? Littered, potholed and badly lit its in a dire state.
Edward Harkins
#5 Posted by Edward Harkins on 3 Apr 2019 at 13:35 PM
First impression is of another promising development by the inestimable Scottish Canals

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