2,420 tonne 'Street in the Sky' ready to span the M8
March 5 2021
The final steel component of a future active travel bridge over the M8 has been delivered in reparation for assembly over the next three months.
Drawing the under-construction Sighthill regeneration closer to the city centre the link is to be welded together in-situ by BAM Construction before being delicately hoisted into position over the motorway below using hydraulic jacks.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region, said: “This new bridge will act as a gateway between Sighthill and Glasgow city centre, and is very much a striking symbol of the reconnection of both and the transformation of Sighthill. This next step in the project underlines the importance of this bridge, which will bring significant economic, environmental and social benefits to not only the reconnected Sighthill and city centre, but North Glasgow as a whole.”
Street in the sky - M8 footbridge from TrenchOne Industries Ltd on Vimeo.
Dougie Grant, BAM Nuttall divisional director, added: “Now that the steel sections have arrived you can get a sense of how unique this bridge will be – it will be like no other bridge on the M8.”
Once complete the 58m span 'Street in the Sky', which weighs 2,420 tonnes, will connect to a series of landscaped terraces and a public plaza to encourage usage.
Might be an improvement on current SG ferry design.
The opportunity cost of this monstrosity is enormous.
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We seem to always find money for political ego trips and architectural statements -- they should have halved the budget and asked the designers to get innovative.