The Clyde Smartbridge

The Clyde Smartbridge in Glasgow carries a pedestrian walkway and cycle path across the River Clyde, and gains its name due to the fact that it also carries a range of power, telecommunications and IT connections over the river to nearby business parks.

The bridge aims to regenerate the areas of Shawfield and Rutherglen by halving the walking time from these areas to Dalmarnock station, aiding in the regeneration of both banks of the river.

SWGR supplied a team to carry out site welding to the footbridge’s tubular support structure and bridge decks. All welds were carried out on site under controlled conditions, as this area had been contaminated following the demolition of an old gas works nearby.

The frames were placed on temporary structures on land in order to achieve the required curvature with the weld.

The second phase involved a weld of all of the bridge decks together on land to receive the support frame. Once this work was complete the bridge was fully constructed on a loading area next to the river ready for lifting into position.

After being put into place over the River Clyde, the SWGR team welded all of the cover plates and completed the decks ready for surfacing.

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