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International teams bid to build first opening road bridge over the River Clyde

© Kettle Collective/Sweco/PA WireHow the bridge could look closed.
How the bridge could look closed.

Plans for the first opening road bridge over the River Clyde have reached the tendering stage, with three international teams submitting bids.

They will participate in the process for the crossing, which will connect Renfrew to Clydebank and Yoker in a project expected to create thousands of jobs.

It comes after engineering firm Sweco worked with Kettle Collective, the architects behind the Falkirk Wheel, to draw up initial designs for the bridge.

The project, which it is hoped will start next year and be completed by 2022, also includes two kilometres of new roads including connections to the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland being development by Glasgow Airport.

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Iain Nicolson.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “This project will transform the Clyde waterfront and connect communities on both sides of the river, improving access to jobs, education, hospitals and leisure pursuits.

“I am very pleased to see this project progressing well and it is no surprise that it has attracted such high-calibre teams bidding to secure the design and construction contract.

“More than 470 people will be involved in the initial construction and a further 2,300 jobs are expected to follow over the next decade through the new developments and business growth it attracts.”

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Artist impression of the proposed bridge while open

The three bidders are:

– ARC – a joint venture of Roadbridge and American Bridge supported by COWI as design partner, whose previous projects include the construction of the Queensferry Crossing and the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in New York.

– A Balfour Beatty team made up of Cleveland Bridge, Qualter Hall and consultants Atkins, which delivered the Media City Swing Bridge in Salford and is currently replacing the Surf City Swing Bridge in North Carolina.

– Construction and civil engineering company Graham working with Hollandia – which were both involved in the construction of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin – and Ramboll, the firm that led the Design Joint Venture of the Queensferry Crossing.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “It’s great to see the progress being made on the first and largest growth deal in Scotland, which the UK Government is supporting through its £523 million investment.

“The funding is already delivering real benefits for people who live and work in the region and this particular crossing will make a huge difference to the Clyde waterfront.

“To date the UK Government has committed more than £1.39 billion of Growth Deal investment to support sustainable growth in Scotland and create jobs and opportunities for the future.”