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Stunning new BAM bridge in Glasgow features 3D printed staircase

It is the largest 3D printed concrete structure in the UK to date

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BAM engineers have applied the finishing touches to a landmark new active travel bridge in Glasgow which will connect over 800 new homes in the Sighthill area to the city center. The access staircase to the eye-catching new BAM bridge in Glasgow, over Scotland’s busiest motorway, which opened to pedestrians and cyclists in March, was built using concrete 3D printing technology.

“The project has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible within construction, using cutting-edge digital techniques and collaboration from everyone involved. We are proud to leave a sustainable legacy that will benefit the North of Glasgow for years to come,” said BAM Contracts Manager Ian Steele.

Stunning new BAM bridge in Glasgow features 3D printed staircase and it is the largest 3D printed concrete structure in the UK to date

The bridge is part of a £250m regeneration of the north Glasgow neighborhood and is the biggest regeneration project in the country outside of London. The main span of the new structure was installed during a 14-hour closure of the M8 motorway in the summer of 2021 with the 2420-tonne structure pirouetted into place by BAM and specialists, Mammoet.

The bridge benefitted from state-of-the-art technology as BAM became the first construction contractor in Scotland to make use of 3D concrete printing to create the staircase which will provide access on the south side of the new structure. The stair is the largest 3D printed concrete construction in the UK to date. Once fully installed the new steps were clad in granite, creating an attractive, long-lasting, slip-free finish.

Stunning new BAM bridge in Glasgow features 3D printed staircase and it is the largest 3D printed concrete structure in the UK to date

Steele added: “We’re so pleased to see the bridge open to the public. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work from our construction team, Glasgow City Council and our subcontractor partners. I’m absolutely delighted with the look of the new structure – the views across Glasgow are fantastic and the structure itself looks glorious now that the landscaping is complete.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal, also commented: “The ongoing regeneration of Sighthill is one of the biggest projects of its kind on these islands – and the completion of this remarkable bridge is a real landmark in that journey.  It signals the reconnection of Sighthill with not only the city center but also neighboring communities in North Glasgow.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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