THE architect behind the Falkirk Wheel has been chosen for the new bridge from Clydebank to Renfrew.

Acclaimed Tony Kettle took inspiration from the former cranes of the Clyde's right shipbuilding history for what will be the first opening bridge on the river.

Formal applications have now been made to West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and Glasgow City councils for the mammoth project, due to be completed by 2020.

The bridge - part of a £90.7million waterfront regeneration scheme - will open for passing ships and accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Engineering and design consultancy Sweco worked with Kettle Collective to create the conceptual design for the twin-leaf bridge, using a modern cable stay system, similar to that on the new Queensferry Crossing.

Each leaf of the bridge opens and closes horizontally, with the joint at a 30-degree angle in a nod to the local dry docks, while inclined masts rotate to resemble the turning motion of cranes, said promotional material.

Mr Kettle said: “The design is inspired by the shipbuilding story of the Clyde. We sourced historical photos and maps which show dry docks cut into the embankments and there was the movement of the cranes, turning in beautiful circular motions to construct the ships.

“All of this was inspiration for us when creating the bridge to be both a physical landmark and one that is symbolic of the area’s traditions and its regeneration.

“Its design is packed with drama and dynamism, creating a visual spectacle which we believe will draw people to come and see it, but there is no compromise on the functionality. The aesthetics accentuate the functional aspects to give the bridge an expressiveness and elegance.”

Kettle Collective has been involved in international projects such as designing the Solar Innovative Centre in Dubai, designs for the 470-metre Lakhta Tower in Russia.

They also designed the Ripple Retreat, a new children's cancer centre which opened in May at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Mr Kettle said he hoped the proposed Clyde bridge could also include a viewing platform and visitor attraction to share the story of the history of the river and mechanics of the new structure.

He added: “Every project is like one of your children and you love them all equally, but working on projects in Scotland are the most important to us as it’s our home. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to work on a project like this which is focused on regeneration.

“We want to create something special for the area. Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside is a brilliant project, designed to bring people together, bridging communities. It’s funny how communities can sit side-by-side, separated by physical and symbolic barriers. Hopefully this bridge will bring people together for the benefit of everyone who live and work there.”