During the development of Stockingfield Bridge, Mackenzie Construction worked for Balfour Beatty by assisting with the groundworks. The £14m active travel bridge that connects Ruchill, Maryhill and Gilshochill over the Forth & Clyde Canal was officially opened in December 2022. The development of the foot and cycle bridge represents significant travel improvements for those communities throughout Glasgow.
Mackenzie Construction has continued working on the Stockingfield Bridge project alongside Scottish Canals, local Glasgow artist Nichol Wheatly and Glasgow-based sculpture fabrication company, Scott Associates Sculpture, to bring a large piece of artwork resembling a Beithir to life on site. The 121-metre mystical serpent made from reclaimed material, the Beithir, will form the centrepiece of the artwork.
Mackenzie Construction is also working with Community Interest Company, Make It Glasgow who will be installing mosaic tiling to the Beithir, along with eight other community artwork projects. Make It Glasgow has been engaging with the local community including schools and youth groups and has been helping the community develop personnel mosaics that have been installed on-site. Each project has a strong local connection having been designed with input from local residents. They range from pieces that showcase the area’s industrial past, to community-designed ceramic mosaics.
On August 20th, Scottish Canals is hosting a Stockingfield Bridge Summer Fun Day in celebration of the newly installed community artworks at the award-winning site. This is a free event and is open from 12pm-3pm, with visitors being encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy alongside the entertainment. We encourage those attending the Summer Fun Day to pay a visit to Make it Glasgow to find out how to play your part in tile-making for the site at Stockingfield Bridge.