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Clyde walkway in danger of collapse

The clyde walkway next to the "squiggly bridge" has been closed for the last few months. It is due to large cracks appearing in the quay wall, which could result in a collapse similar to the one we saw  on the north back last year.

I would not like to be a property owner in that development next to the bridge, looks like some nasty bills are on the way to fix it.

"Riverside homeowners face 1m bill to repair quay wall

HOMEOWNERS in a riverside development in Glasgow are facing a 1million bill after cracks developed in the quay wall of the Clyde.

Last year city council engineers discovered there was a problem with the section of quay wall on the south side of the river between the Kingston and Tradeston Bridges.

Recent checks showed the problem has got worse and a decision was made to close a section of the riverside walkway.

The quay wall is owned by the 278 owners of the properties in the Waterfront development.

It is estimated the bill for repairing the damage is likely to be in excess of 1m.

In March last year, a 50 yard stretch of the walkway collapsed into the river on the north side of the Clyde, just west of the Kingston Bridge at Anderston Quay.

The new problem came to light when council experts checked the condition of other sections of the river's quay walls, many of which date back to the 1800s.

Were the quay wall to collapse, the bill to repair it could run in to millions of pounds.

The Waterfront properties are factored by Speirs Gumley, who have called in specialist engineers to assess the scale of the problem.

Lorraine MacDonald, a partner in Speirs Gumley, said: "We are working with the Waterfront owners' association and the city council to decide how to deal with this."

The city council is responsible for the riverside walkway, but not the quay wall on top of which it is built .

A council spokesman said: "Although the quay wall is privately owned, a public walkway has been closed by the council as a safety measure until the property manager informs us the wall has been repaired."

Although the council does own some sections of the Clyde's quay walls, others belong to private owners.

George Parsonage, of the Glasgow Humane Society, who patrols the river regularly in his rescue boat, said: "I hope the problem is not too bad but something will have to be done.

"The people who own the houses own the quay wall and if anything goes wrong with it they are responsible.

"In my opinion, if the quay wall is open to the public it should be maintained by public money."

Mr Parsonage said work on repairing the quay wall between the Clyde Arc and Elliot street on the north bank of the river is just being completed."

Does no one in Scotland carry insurance on their property?

Targer wrote:
Does no one in Scotland carry insurance on their property?

I'm not sure if insurance would cover this circumstance, there may be some clause hidden away in the small print excluding something like this from cover. But then again maybe they are covered. Either way it is going to be very expensive to shore up that quay wall...

If you look at the picture in that article it shows how close a couple of the buildings in that development are to the river, I would feel a little bit nervous living in those flats... going to bed one night then waking up floating down the clyde wouldn't be a nice experience. Then again I guess if they were in any danger the flats would be evacuated. Perhaps building those flats so close to the quay wall has put extra ground pressure on the wall causing it to crack. Maybe if they had built them 10-20m further back from the wall it would not influence it.

That path has been buckled and sunken for years...

Stuball wrote:
That path has been buckled and sunken for years...

I think after last years collapse on the north bank of the Clye they have started to inspect the quay walls a bit more seriously.

Cracks were noticed beside the squiggly bridge earlier in the year, and the have got progressively bigger, hence why it is closed.

Just before the quay wall collapsed last year the river was dredged the area around it was dredged, I wonder if that could have contributed to weakening the wall as it would kind of undercut it.

Article below has an interesting picture of what happened last year. The picture of the three cones with the safety tape wrapped around it is a good one. Forum Index -> Glasgow Development & Demolition
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