Â£5 million upgrade for Hydro footbridge
The covered walkway linking the renamed Scottish Event Centre (SEC) with Exhibition Centre station is showing its age after 32 years service since the site opened.
Improved lighting and windows could form part of the refurbishment of the so-called "Smartie Tube".
An initial Â£600,000 grant deal with the SEC was agreed by Glasgow city councillors today to devise a design and develop the project.
The council said the bridge was structurally sound but its canopy was nearing the end of its life.It wants to create "a gateway that showcases the SEC as a world-class events and conference venue".
The former SECC has expanded from a five-hall concert and exhibition venue that opened in 1985 with the addition of the "Armadillo" Clyde Auditorium and the Hydro.
These have helped the Finnieston restaurant district flourish, linked by the bridge.
SEC chief executive Peter Duthie said: “First impressions are very important, and with a new brand, a world class arena and countless incredible events coming on site it is important our campus facilities are up to scratch.
"In many cases, the covered walkway or ‘Smartie Tube’ is the first thing visitors experience when coming to the SEC and so we are delighted with the news it is to be upgraded."
Council leader Frank McAveety said: “The SEC and its surrounding areas are key drivers of our economy.
"The redevelopment of this bridge highlights our commitment to further develop the West End and Waterfront.
"The sky is the limit for these areas and I am delighted that the Glasgow City Region City Deal is contributing to them achieving their full potential.”