Located in Clydebank, United Kingdom, Clydebank Swan was designed by Buro Happold that has won a civil engineering Saltire Award for their work on the Swan Canopy over the Forth and Clyde Canal pedestrian bridge. The multi-disciplinary practice of consulting engineers took the Project Design award in a scheme that recognises excellence in Civil Engineering in Scotland.
Buro Happold worked with RMJM architects to devise the design for the structure following an international competition. Inspired by the elegance of a swan in flight, the canopy was commissioned by Clydebank Re-built, the town’s urban regeneration company, and publicly funded. It spans the Forth and Clyde Canal in Clydebank town centre, replacing an unpopular 25-year-old metal-latticed frame bridge and creating a new focal point for the town.
The canopy spans some 40 metres, cantilevering 20 metres either side of the central supports. The fabric, which is a self-cleaning and reusable PTFE coated glass fibre (the same material used to cover the O2 Arena), is stretched over a series of arches to form the wings of a swan. Each wing is supported by steel arms springing from four steel legs spread either side of the bridge; the steel is fully recyclable.