PLANS for a public terrace to “create a tranquil and calming space” around a new bridge – dubbed the “street in the sky” – have been given the green light.

Work on a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the M8, a key stage in the £250million regeneration of Sighthill, will begin next year.

Glasgow City Council has now approved details of the plan relating to a bridge terrace, which will include a plaza, lawn and ramps for accessible access and cycling.

It is hoped the terrace will provide “a safe, attractive and accessible link between the city centre and the new Sighthill”.

There will be trees lining the area, a seating wall, a lawn “for play and relaxation” and an additional ramp for “ease of access to the National Cycle Route”.

A planning report states: “Bridge Terrace is made up of four sets of three steps and four ramps, with landings between.

“The plaza is available for commercial break-out, informal gatherings and events. Trees define the space and give it a unique identity within the city.

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“The steps that surround the space are available as informal seating. Street furniture will be provided within the space, as well as opportunities for informal play.”

The report adds: “Greening the space at this entry point begins to set the tone for the larger new Sighthill, a high-quality and very green future-thinking city neighbourhood.”

Handrails and integrated lighting to identify the route at night will also be included.

The council believes the connection is vital as almost 1000 new homes are planned for Sighthill.

Funding for the project comes from the Glasgow City Region City Deal, a £1billion investment programme jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments.

The regeneration project includes a new community campus school and a road bridge over the Glasgow-Edinburgh railway line, improving the connections between Sighthill and neighbouring communities.

Plans also include improving parkland and greenspace and bringing new shops, business and a public square to the area.

The 58-metre structure, weighing 2420 tonnes, will replace the current, dilapidated bridge and will provide views across the city’s skyline.

Council leader Susan Aitken previously said: “The bridge will very much be a symbol of the regeneration of Sighthill as a community – so close to the centre of Glasgow – at long last reconnected to the areas around it, with all the social and economic benefits that this will bring to the area and the wider city.”