The competing teams are:

  • ARC - a joint venture of Roadbridge and American Bridge, with Cowi as design partner;
  • a Balfour Beatty team that also includes Cleveland Bridge, Qualter Hall and consultant Atkins;
  • Graham, working with Hollandia and Ramboll.

The crossing to connect Renfrew to Clydebank and Yoker forms the centrepiece of the US$110 million Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside project. The 184m-long, twin-leaf cable-stayed bridge will carry vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and will open horizontally for passing ships.

Clyde Waterfront & Renfrew Riverside swing bridge

Image by Kettle Collective/Sweco

Each team has received the full tendering pack which comprises more than 750 documents and 300 drawings. It is anticipated the successful team will be appointed in early 2020 and construction is scheduled to start later that year and be completed in 2022.

Local businesses are being encouraged to ensure they are registered on Public Contracts Scotland where subcontractor opportunities will be published.

Engineering firm Sweco worked with Kettle Collective to draw up initial designs for the bridge, which is intended to reflect the area's shipbuilding heritage.

Also included in the project are more than 2km of new and improved roads and shared cycle and pedestrian routes, including connections into an innovation district being developed next to Glasgow Airport.