Tradeston Footbridge

The Tradeston Footbridge crosses the River Clyde, linking the successful International Financial Services District on the north bank with the developing Tradeston to the south. Opened in 2009 at a cost of £7 million, it represents a balanced cantilever design in steel with a 48-m (157-foot) main span and two 25m (82 feet) side spans, giving a total length of 98m (321 feet). It is supported on tapering concrete piers with tubular steel piles founded on rock. The bridge was designed by the Danish architects Dissing+Weitling, Glasgow-based Halcrow served as engineers and the contractors were by BAM Nuttall. The distinctive structure comprises a sinuous double curve with a pair of steel fins rising above the deck which form the main structural support. These combination of elements enhance the visual interest of the structure. The extended length given by the horizontal curve gives extra length this to ensure the necessary clearance over the navigation channel is achieved without the gradient on the bridge being too steep for pedestrians and cyclists.

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