Media City Footbridge
|Media City Footbridge|
Media City Footbridge at night
|Other name(s)||Salford Quays Swing Bridge|
|Crosses||Manchester Ship Canal|
|Designer||Gifford (structure), Pinniger (lighting)|
|Engineering design||Bennett Associates (Atkins)|
|Design||Cable-stay swing bridge|
|Total length||83 metres|
|Width||6 - 19 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|
|Construction begin||September 2009|
|Construction cost||£11 million|
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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