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New Glasgow bridge chosen
Neptune's Way
The bridge beat five other designs
The shape of the latest bridge to cross the River Clyde has been decided by Glasgow City Council.

The winner of the competition is architect Richard Rogers with his design for a curved crossing called Neptune's Way.

The new 40m pedestrian bridge will span the river between the waterfront regeneration areas of Tradeston and Broomielaw.

Six design teams were chosen to take part in a competition to create a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists, with the public allowed a say on which effort they liked most.

Nightclub and parks

Exhibitions have been held in the Lighthouse and the Glasgow Science Centre this week, along with Springburn, Tollcross and Scotstoun Leisure Centres.

Some observers have criticised the proposed location of the bridge, while others believe it will help spark further waterfront regeneration.

The winning bridge was described as an attempt to create a new city icon which would provide an "urban catalyst".

The proposals, from the designer of the Millennium Dome and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, will incorporate a new nightclub and two new parklands.

Neptune's Way
The design will be flanked by parkland
Penny Lewis, of Scotland's architectural magazine Prospect, said Broomielaw was an odd choice for the bridge.

"Most of these iconic, cultural pedestrian bridges lead somewhere", she said.

"One in London leads to the Tate and St Paul's, one in Newcastle leads to the Baltic, but this doesn't lead anywhere in particular except to Broomielaw which is not the most inviting place."

However Tom McCartney, who was involved in the successful Gateshead Millennium Bridge project, said it had helped spark regeneration in the city.

"In Gateshead, the bridge was the start of regeneration, it was a symbol of renewal in the north east. This project could do the same in Glasgow."

It is hoped the bridge will be in place by 2007.

BBC Scotland's Pauline McLean
"The council want this bridge to be much more than a crossing"

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