Asymmetric S-shaped structure is chosen to link Glasgow University with Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Architect John McAslan & Partners and structural engineer Anthony Hunt Associates have beaten 53 entrants in a competition to design a footbridge linking Glasgow University and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery across the River Kelvin.

Their design is a slender S-shaped deck in precast concrete that weaves through Kelvingrove Park. Support is provided by splayed steel legs and a steel arch spanning the river.

The architect’s design submission stated: “The appearance of the bridge is of a series of animated legs striding across the valley, with its feet moving from ground to arch as the river is traversed, and the bridge deck floating effortlessly across the top of this structure.”

The deck structure is asymmetrical in cross section, with a tubular steel spine beam and tapering ribs formed from steel I-section beams.

The 3 m wide bridge is expected to cost £840 000 and is due for completion in 2001.