M8 Pedestrian Footbridge

M8 Pedestrian Footbridge
P1 Contractors Ltd
m8 Pedestrian Footbridge


We recently completed a significant project in collaboration with Edinburgh-based P1 Contractors to landscape a new pedestrian and cyclist footbridge across the M8 as part of a £250 million regeneration north of Glasgow.

The Challenge

The M8 pedestrian footbridge is part of a £250 million regeneration project – Sighthill, our client, P1 Contractors Ltd, was tasked with the implementation of the soft landscaping works and required Johnsons to supply the plants for this large job.

It is the biggest project of its kind in the UK outside of London and will offer affordable housing within walking distance of Strathclyde University, Queen Street Station and Glasgow’s most popular shopping locations, encouraging active travel and providing the commercial infrastructure to support and attract businesses to Glasgow and the surrounding areas.


The Solution

The contract, worth £190,000, saw Johnsons Nurseries Ltd provide over 30,000 plants, trees and shrubs for the 58-metre-long footbridge, which will form an active travel route between the area of Sighthill and the city centre.

Working closely with P1 Contractors, Johnsons Nurseries Ltd has provided a diverse variety of trees, shrubs and as well as ornamental grasses.

Species included Alnus Glutinosa, Pinus Sylvestris, Hebe ‘Caledonia’, Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘Miss Jessop’s Upright’, Stipa Tenuissima and Carex Morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ to complement the architectural design of the footbridge and add natural charm and greenery to the surrounding environment.

The Result

The landscaping work marks the completion of a 30-month build to install the bridge and represents another milestone in the delivery of the £250 million Sighthill Regeneration.

Richard McMonagle from P1 Contractors, one of Scotland’s leading providers for the development and implementation of soft landscaping works, added: “Johnsons Nurseries has truly proven themselves as an invaluable partner on this high-profile project. Their commitment to supplying top-quality plants under tight time constraints has been instrumental in ensuring P1 Contractors delivered this project on time and to the required standard for our valued client”.