McDowell+Benedetti’s innovative 130m pedestrian bridge on the River Aire in Castleford, Yorkshire will go on site in April 2007. The bridge is the most ambitious construction project of eleven interventions in Castleford as part of The Castleford Project, the World’s first televised regeneration project, which is being filmed by Channel 4.
The ‘S’ shaped bridge curves in response to the site context of the mill, the weir and old wrecked barge, giving users maximum experience of these landmarks and the lively flow of white water over the weir apron. The streamlined timber deck bridge is designed as a generous public space as well as a route with the structure rising through the deck to create four 20m curving benches to sit and enjoy the panoramic views.
Designed with Alan Baxter Associates and Arup, the bridge will be constructed by Costain with anticipated completion date of December 2007.
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