THE award-winning architect behind the Falkirk Wheel believes proposals for the Clyde opening bridge will act as a symbol of the region’s regeneration.

Internationally acclaimed Tony Kettle has drawn on the area’s rich shipbuilding heritage in plans for a new road bridge between Renfrew and Yoker as part of a major infrastructure project.

The bridge, which will open for passing ships and accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, is a key component of Renfrewshire Council’s £90.7million Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project, which is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

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Leading engineering and design consultancy Sweco worked with Kettle Collective to develop the conceptual design for the new twin-leaf bridge which uses a modern cable stay system akin to the Queensferry Crossing.

Each leaf of the bridge opens and closes horizontally, with the joint at a 30-degree angle in a nod to the local dry docks, while inclined masts rotate to resemble the turning motion of cranes.

“The design is inspired by the shipbuilding story of the Clyde,” said Kettle.