Tay Road Bridge Control Tower refurbishment


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Tay Road Bridge Joint Board
November 2020
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Upgrading and modernising crucial facilities

Robertson upgraded facilities at the Tay Bridge control tower and administration centre, located on Dundee’s waterfront. Connecting Dundee, the wider Tayside area and Fife, this bridge is vital for the area and Scotland’s wider transport network.

We refurbished the 4-storey control tower, providing associated office, meeting and welfare spaces

The Tay Road Bridge Joint Board needed to refurbish, upgrade and modernise the facility, including:

  • Upgrade weather and vehicle monitoring systems.
  • Replace cladding and windows to improve energy efficiency.
  • Refurbish and combine two mess rooms into one.
  • Install new kitchen facilities.

328 m2

gross internal floor area

£9,000 saved

switching from metal to PVC-U framed windows

26,000 vehicles

per day use the bridge

Keeping vital infrastructure running on a live construction site

The Tay Road Bridge Control Tower employs 22 people who work in shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Robertson is managing the refurbishment project within this live environment, ensuring the facility continues to run effectively. We have kept working areas separate from live areas, resulting in no disruption to day-to-day operations for staff.

Providing social value in uncertain economic times

Working with Dundee Health & Social Care Partnership, Robertson provided a 12-week work placement in our design team for someone who had been made redundant.

Reducing waste through an efficient construction programme

Working collaboratively with the customer's Design and Operational teams, we were able to refine the design and refurbishment programme by repurposing an internal mess room to house the temporary control room during refurbishment works, negating the need for a temporary external portacabin. This proactive recommendation has reduced waste and saved money for the customer.


The project was procured through the Procurement Hub – Major Projects framework, speeding up delivery and building in value-for-money and social value guarantees.