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Albert Bridge (Glasgow)

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1. 1870.The Albert Bridge over the Clyde.
2. 1870. Albert Bridge over the Clyde at Glasgow.
3. 2016. From peeling to appealing (refurbished in 2013)

Crosses the River Clyde at the SW corner of Glasgow Green.

1870 Designed by Bell and Miller. Contractors Hanna, Donald and Wilson. Resident Engineer Mr. Kyle. Contemporary description in 'Engineering', 1 July 1870[1]

The appearance suggests that cast iron is the dominant material, but in fact the arch beams are wrought iron. The parapets are substantial iron castings. The outer arches are faced with ornamental iron castings, but even here the picture is complicated, as iron plates are evidently riveted over part of the spandrel castings (see Photo 6).

Extensive refurbishment was carried out in 2013[2]. The work included replacement of all the parapet and lamp post castings with replicas in tougher ductile iron. The castings were supplied by Ballantine Castings Ltd of Bo'ness[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Engineering', 1 July 1870
  2. [2] Albert Bridge Refurbishment Update Report, May 2011. Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council
  3. [3] Ballantine Castings Ltd: 'Albert Bridge Conservation Completed'