George Leslie Ltd

Key Facts

  • Client: Glasgow City Council
  • Engineer: Glasgow City Council
  • Conditions of contract: ICE 5th
  • Contract value: £469,000
  • Duration of works: September 2013 – January 2014 (5 months)

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Roads & Bridges

Stobcross Footbridge Refurbishment

Stobcross Bridge is a pedestrian footbridge over the dual carriageway Clydeside Expressway and Kingston Bridge off ramp at Anderson in Glasgow.  This project was to refurbish and upgrade the existing structure to allow for its safe use by cyclists and pedestrians alike.

The refurbishment work comprised parapet replacement, bridge deck waterproofing and deck resurfacing over the full span of the bridge with upgrades to the in-situ concrete copes, approach ramps and landscaping, all carried out within a very restricted working area.

Temporary works were designed, coordinated and adopted for the ramp/cope ground support scaffold, with a specialist proprietary scaffold, suspended from the existing bridge and able to move across the Expressway, utilised over the traffic lanes where ground support was not available.

This was a high profile contract in a central location in Glasgow. It required work over a main arterial route and incorporated the safe diversion of pedestrians along other walkways for the duration of the works.

The biggest project challenge was to upgrade the bridge with minimal disruption to the Expressway traffic below and this was achieved by developing a fully-encapsulated, suspended gantry formwork arrangement mounted on rollers. This innovative solution enabled the work to be progressed across the bridge without the need for potentially disruptive lane/road closures.

The geometry of the structure also incorporated various gradients and radii requiring all formwork, steelwork and parapet installation work to be accurately set-out from an intricately detailed design.

  • Concrete cope construction
  • Deck waterproofing
  • Bridge parapet replacement
  • Footway / cycle lane surfacing
  • Innovative, suspended, fully-encapsulated moving scaffold
  • Working over live traffic

News updates


The overall project involves the off-site fabrication and installation of a new linkspan structure at Oban Ferry Terminal for client Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMal).

12th February 2019

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GL return to the Sound of Kerrera

GL making a return visit to the Sound of Kerrera off Oban, to undertake substantial repairs to the breakwater which suffered collision damage following an altercation with a workboat earlier this year.

14th December 2018

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Polmadie Bridge official opening……..

Michael Matheson MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity covered all his portfolios at the official opening of the new Polmadie Footbridge giving pedestrian and cycle transport access,

18th September 2018

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