As work on Sighthill Bridge across the M8 in Glasgow nears completion, BAM has become the first contractor in Scotland to make use of 3D concrete printing – installing the staircase which will provide access to the new structure. It is believed to be largest printed concrete construction in the UK to date.
When complete, the iconic new pedestrian and cycle bridge will connect Glasgow City Centre to the Sighthill area in a new sustainable transport corridor.
Working on behalf of Glasgow City Council, BAM craned in the new staircase this week. Once fully installed the new steps will be clad in granite, creating attractive, long-lasting, slip-free finish.
Printing the bridge components allows for precise and intricate shapes, which can be tricky with traditional formwork, creating a truly unique structure. The removal of moulds and materials reduces waste by 40% compared to traditional methods, keeping costs down and improving carbon efficiency.