Basic Site Details

Name: Tay Road Bridge
City or county: Dundee, Angus
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Spans with steel box girders made by the Caledon Shipbuildinging & Engineering Company in conjunction with Sir William Arrol & Co.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Bridge  
Item 2 of 2Road bridge  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1030 May 1958 Proposed'Dundee Corporation and Fife County Council hold and 'origin and destination' suvery of traffic...Provisional order under consideration by Dundee Town Council.' per Builder p1016
Item 2 of 1021 November 1958 Scheme accepted'The proposed road bridge over the Tay has received Governmental blessing...the [Secretary of State for Scotland] could not fix a date for the start, as the Forth road bridge and the Clyde tunnel must take priority. The are to be further discussions locally on the most suitable site for the Dundee approach.' per Builder p894
Item 3 of 1025 December 1959 ProposedDundee TC/Dundee Harbour Board agreement reached on north terminal; Road Bridge Commission now seeking approval from Secretary of State for Scotland for trial borings on route from Craighead, Newport to King William Dock, Dundee Harbour per Builder p956
Item 4 of 1019601965Build/constructionest. 2 years prep work; est. 3 years construction per Builder p82
Item 5 of 102 September 1960 Scheme accepted'Tay Road Bridge included in the government's 31m. Scottish road programme for the next five years' per Builder p450
Item 6 of 1026 May 1961 Proposedfurther investigations of pier sites in the river bed and acquisition of land from Harbour Board to allow dock to be filled in and used as base during construction per Builder p1023
Item 7 of 1018 August 1961 Build/constructionpreliminary work on approach roads, including filling in of harbour and Earl Grey dock to start soon per Builder p322
Item 8 of 10November 1961 Build/constructionFife County Council applied to Secretary of State for Scotland for provisional order to provide for construction and maintenance of road bridge between Dundee and the County of Fife and approach roads and to establish a joint board to make provision for abandonment of existing ferry service btwn Dundee and Newport-on-Tay per Builder 7 July 1961 p43
Item 9 of 10July 1962 Build/constructiondelay to start of construction due to requirement for Parliamentary approval to dispose of part of harbour per Builder 25 Aug 1961 p369
Item 10 of 1019631967Build/constructionconstruction to start in 1963 on 4m road bridge and take four years to complete and Air Ministry approval granted for scheduled air services to serve the surrounding area per Builder 24 Feb 1961 p384


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2F A MacDonald & PartnersArchitectural practice, Engineers 8 January 1960 appointed consulting engineers per Builder p82
Item 2 of 2W A Fairhurst & PartnersEngineerB19631966Executed the work?

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Tay Road Bridge Terminal DevelopmentPlans in the terminal area of the bridge include a hotel, swimming pool, multi-storey car park, shelters and buildings for artistic & cultural activities

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee Development Plan 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep147
Item 2 of 3Pride, Glen L1990The Kingdom of Fife Edinburgh: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotlandp180
Item 3 of 3RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp56
View of navigation channel (1965) p70
View of Dundee approach intersection under construction (1965) p71
Image of the grave of William Logan, contractor, whose tombstone recreates a section of the Tay Road Bridge at its southern end (1982) p71

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 10Builder30 May 1958  'Tay Bridge Road Survey' p1016
Item 2 of 10Builder21 November 1958  'Tay Road Bridge' p894
Item 3 of 10Builder25 December 1959  p956
Item 4 of 10Builder8 January 1960  'Tay Road Bridge Engineers' p82
Item 5 of 10Builder2 September 1960  'The Tay Bridge' p450
Item 6 of 10Builder24 February 1961  'Start on Road Bridge Authorised' p384
Item 7 of 10Builder26 May 1961  'Tay Road Bridge Scheme' p1023
Item 8 of 10Builder7 July 1961  'New Tay Road Bridge' p43
Item 9 of 10Builder18 August 1961  p322
Item 10 of 10Builder25 August 1961  p369