Bell's Bridge gets £1.6m upgrade (Glasgow)
Bell's Bridge, which opened in 1988, links the SECC site to the south bank of the Clyde. It was originally meant as a temporary structure to take pedestrians and cyclists to and from the massive event. It now has renewed importance because of the Commonwealth Games, as it links the SECC and the new Hydro Arena with the south side of the river.
Both venues will be important during the 2014 sporting spectacle as they will host boxing, netball, gymnastics, judo, wrestling and weightlifting. They will also house the international broadcasting centre and the main press centre.
The bridge, which swings open to allow ships to pass, was owned by Scottish Enterprise but was taken over by the city council on condition the organisation funded the £1.6m restoration costs. Scottish Enterprise will also provide £900,000 for its long-term maintenance.
The work started in March 2013 and took nine months to complete. The upgrade will also see the bridge being blast cleaned and repainted, its hydraulics, electrics and mechanics being overhauled and new LED lighting specified by Halcrow and supplied by Eden illumination.
The LED light supplied was the Pearl - LED Bridge Light - 40w. The Pearl was designed and developed by EDEN illumination for this project. 38 x Cree XP-G LEDs in a 2 circuit design with an adjustable tilt-able heat sink allows users to direct the light, with the option of 100% or 50% of light at anytime using PIRs.