Media City Footbridge

Media City Footbridge

Media City Footbridge

Media City Footbridge at night
Other name(s) Salford Quays Swing Bridge
Carries Pedestrians
Crosses Manchester Ship Canal
Locale Salford Quays
Owner Peel Group
Architect Wilkinson Eyre
Designer Gifford (structure), Pinniger (lighting)
Engineering design Bennett Associates (Atkins)
Design Cable-stay swing bridge
Material Steel
Total length 83 metres
Width 6 - 19 metres
Height 31 metres
Longest span 65 metres
Number of spans 2
Piers in water 1
Vertical clearance 48 metres
Clearance below 4.77 metres
Constructed by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
Fabrication by
Construction begin September 2009
Construction end 2011
Construction cost £11 million
Opened 2011
Coordinates 53°28′17″N 2°18′00″W / 53.4713°N 2.3001°WCoordinates: 53°28′17″N 2°18′00″W / 53.4713°N 2.3001°W

The Media City Footbridge is a swing-mechanism footbridge over the Manchester Ship Canal near MediaCityUK. It is an assymetric cable-stayed swing bridge.


It was built to serve the new development of MediaCity UK.


It was designed by Gifford and Wilkinson Eyre. It is similar in position to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge's proximity to Gateshead's The Sage Gateshead, the main arts venue for North East England. Both were designed by Wilkinson Eyre, and Gifford, and both have eye-catching unusual features. The Gateshead bridge is a more daring design.

The bridge links MediaCityUK with . It weighs 450 tonnes, and has two spans of 65 metres and 18 metres. It swings through 71 degrees to give a 48 metre navigation channel. The deck of the bridge is an orthotropic steel box. The bridge is supported by eight tapered steel fanned masts.


It was built by Balfour Beatty, with the steel fabrication by Rowecord Engineering of Newport, south Wales.

The swing mechanism is built on a reinforced concrete caisson foundation of 13 metres diameter. Above the water it is 7.3 metres in diameter.

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