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Costs hike kills Atkins' Glasgow footbridge


SPIRALLING COSTS were this week expected to kill off plans to build an Atkins-designed landmark bridge across the River Clyde in Glasgow.

Client Glasgow City Council is to seek a different design for the crossing, after the lowest bid for the footbridge came in £15.4M higher than the anticipated £34.6M cost.

Council officials this week urged Glasgow's policy and resources committee to launch a new design competition for the 100m span Broomielaw/Tradeston bridge.

'It is recommended that the committee agrees that the director of development and regeneration services should? issue a design brief for a new, simpler bridge structure, ' says a report by the council's development and regeneration services director.

The report proposes a budget ceiling of £33M for design and construction. A vote on the recommendation was expected as NCE went to press.

Atkins, with architect Richard Rogers Partnership and cost consultant Faithful & Gould, won the design competition in December 2003 with a structurally daring, all steel proposal.

Its 160m long, curved deck was to have been suspended from a shallow, inclined arch, which in turn would have been restrained by cable stays attached to pylons at either end (NCE 19 August 2004).

The decision to retender the design follows last month's decision by Kent County Council to scrap plans to build the Turner Contemporary Art gallery in the sea off Margate after costs rocketed (NCE 23 February).

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