In pictures | Farrans installs Govan-Partick Bridge main span

Installation of a bridge on a river.
(Image: Farrans Construction)

The main span of Glasgow’s Govan-Partick Bridge was lifted and put in place this week by Farrans Construction, the main contractor leading the project.

View of a large boat on a river carrying a bridge span.
The Govan-Partick Bridge’s main span was built in Belgium and sailed from the Netherlands (Image: Farrans Construction)

The structure arrived last week at Yorkhill Quay, close to the site where it was installed, after sailing up the River Clyde by barge. It left Westdorpe, in the Netherlands, on 7 October before being transported along Dutch canals. The pylon and cabling were installed prior to sailing to the Clyde estuary and up the river. 

View of a large boat on a river carrying a bridge span.
(Image: Farrans Construction)

The bridge span is 6m wide and was fabricated in two parts: the moving span, which weighs 650 tonnes, is 99m long and will use the South Pier (at Water Row) as its access; and the fixed span, which weighs 45 tonnes and is 15.7m long.

Farrans used a Hebo Lift 10 crane, which is capable of lifting 2,200 tonnes (Image: Farrans Construction)

The moving span was put in place this week after a set-up period for the lifting crane. The fixed span will be kept in storage until works on the North Pier and northern approach works are complete. It will be installed in the summer of 2024 to complete the project.

(Image: Farrans Construction)

The £29.5m bridge is a Glasgow City Region City Deal project, funded by the Scottish and UK governments. It is due to complete in 2024.

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