Final design of new Govan-Partick Bridge pays homage to shipbuilding heritage

By Ian Marland at

The proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Govan and Partick will have a 28-metre curved tower that will evoke the cranes of the shipyards that once dominated the river.

The bridge will span between Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay at the Riverside Museum.

The final design of the crossing has been completed and released ahead of ‘virtual tours’ next week showcasing the design to the public.

Designers have opted for a cable-stayed swing bridge to withstand strong winds.


The bridge will span between Water Row in Govan and Pointhouse Quay

The bridge deck will be 115 metres long with a rotating central span of 68 metres, making it one of the largest opening footbridges in Europe.

The deck will be eight metres wide – a surface of six metres between parapets will provide enough space for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

It will have ‘step-free’ access making it usable for those in wheelchairs and pushing buggies.

The bridge deck will be supported by a tower 28.5 metres high.


The design of the tower seeks to evoke historical references such as the cranes of the Govan Shipyard, according to the design team.

Its shape also reflects the contemporary form of the Riverside Museum.

Headroom of nearly 5 metres above high-water will allow smaller vessels to pass under the bridge when closed.

The bridge will take a few minutes to move to the open position – when open the bridge will provide a navigational channel of 50 metres maintaining access for larger vessels including the Waverley.


The deck will be wide enough for use by pedestrians and cyclists

Designers have been working on the project for the past two years.

The need for a bridge was first identified following consultations with local communities in 2015.

Once complete, the bridge will form part of a high quality active travel route between communities, academic institutions, businesses and visitor attractions on both banks of the river.

Funding for the structure is coming from City Deal money.

On Tuesday 11 February, drop-in events at the Riverside Museum (10am – noon) and Govan Cross Shopping Centre (2 – 4pm) will be held.


Visitors will have the opportunity to take a virtual reality experience of the proposed Govan-Partick Bridge.

The council will seek permission to build the bridge in 2020 and construction could start in 2021.

The bridge will open to the public in 2022 if the application is approved.

The link will restore a historic crossing between the ancient burghs.

People crossed the river at this location for hundreds of years.


The bridge will open to the public in 2022 if the application is approved.

But final links were lost when ferry services ended in the 1960s.

The bridge will become a focal point of the multi-million pound re-development of Water Row being taken forward by the council in partnership with Govan Housing Association.

The bridge will also connect with a new footbridge across the River Kelvin which will be provided by Glasgow Harbour Limited as a condition of their proposed development.

This will provide a new route to Partick Interchange, the fifth-busiest transport hub in Scotland.

The bridge will also link to an improved walking/cycling route up Ferry Road/Bunhouse Road towards Partick Cross and the University Campus.