About two kilometres downstream from Glasgow Bridge and the city centre are to be found two remarkable modern footbridges over the river Clyde. The first bridge one comes to, and much the older of the two is Bell's Bridge, an interesting cable stay structure supported from a central mast and unusual in that it has a roof. It is, however, not a true millennium bridge, dating back as it does to 1988 and the Glasgow International Garden Festival and is named after Bell's Whisky. It was only supposed to be a temporary structure for that event but somehow it's still there. It features quite a lot in consciousness of local cyclists. Pity that the deck is allegedly too slippery for cycling!
Just 300 metres downstream is another footbridge of simple but elegant design and this one really does commemorate the millennium.
A new bridge between Tradeston and Broomielaw has recently been proposed to a design which mimics that of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge
On the north bank, the National Cycle Network passes along a broad promenade, and both sides of the river are flanked by exciting new developments. On the north side stands the Glasgow Exhibition and Conference Centre (nicknamed the "Armadillo" for obvious reasons) and the Moat House Hotel. On the south bank, the Glasgow Science Centre includes three separate structures - the Science Mall, the Imax cinema and the 105 metre high Glasgow tower.
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