New Bridge in Glasgow, Scotland
Will be a Destination In Itself
January 5, 2004
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Richard Rogers Partnership has won an
architecture competition to design a new pedestrian bridge
across the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. The winning scheme,
called "Neptune's Way," will connect Tradeston,
a redevelopment area, with the financial district of Broomielaw.
The $69 million undertaking is scheduled to begin construction
in August 2005. Richard Rogers Partnership, who partnered
with Atkins for the competition, beat-out five rival teams
to secure the commission, including Lifschutz Davidson, Arup
with Foster and Partners, gm+ad architects, Future Systems
with Mckeown Alexander Architects, and Studio Bernardski.
Neptunes Way is clearly a piece of 21st Century
architecture, says Charlie Gordon, competition chairman.
The new bridge will be a destination in its own right
rather than simply the quickest way to cross the river.
Plans call for a cable-stayed compression-arch bridge
that sweeps across the river in an elliptical crescent. The
continuous curve and gradual ramp of the structure allows
common access for all users while the deck alignment creates
a variety of views. Additionally, there will be two new
landscaped parks at either end of the bridge with public pontoons
for river taxis at the North bank and a new nightclub at the
South bank. The project is slated for completion in 2007.