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Clyde Arc Bridge, Glasgow

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The Clyde Arc, is a road bridge spanning the River Clyde in Glasgow, in west central Scotland, connecting Finnieston, near the Clyde Auditorium and SECC with Pacific Quay and Glasgow Science Centre in Govan. A prominent feature of the bridge is its innovative curved design and the way that it crosses the river at an angle. The Arc is the first city centre traffic crossing over the river built since the Kingston Bridge was opened to traffic in 1969.The bridge was named the "Clyde Arc" upon its official opening on 18 September 2006. It has been previously known as the "Finnieston Bridge" or the "Squinty Bridge".DesignThe bridge was designed by the Halcrow Group and built by Kilsyth-based civil engineering company Edmund Nuttall. Glasgow City Council instigated the project in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government. Piling works for the bridge were carried out from a large floating barge on the Clyde, whilst the bridge superstructure was fabricated offsite. The bridge-deck concrete-slab units were cast at an onsite pre-casting yard. Planning permission was granted in 2003 and construction of the bridge began in May 2005. It was structurally completed in April 2006. The bridge project cost an estimated £20.3m. The Bridge is designed to last 120 years.
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  • The Squinty Bridge has very quickly become firm favourite and Glasgow landmark. Situated next to The Armadillo (Clyde Auditorium), The Hydro and The Finnieston Crane there is a lot to see in the vicin...  read more »
  • I love the sight of this bridge it marks the end of my 5k run from where I stay. I push myself every time to see this bridge sooner rather than later unless it's my halfway point for a 10k. On a more ...  read more »
  • One of the too few foot bridges crossing the River Clyde in Glasgow – I just wish there was one between Govan and Partick. It does the job of crossing but also good for taking some interesting photogr...  read more »
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