Construction progresses on Airport City Manchester's brand new pedestrian and cycle bridge16/03/2020 by Beaux Gadsby
Progress on the delivery of Airport City Manchester's brand new pedestrian and cycle bridge is gathering pace on-site. Already, the bridge's impressive CORTEN side elevations and cross beams are ready in preparation to be bolted connected together, and a concrete deck attached, before the bridge is lifted in to place during a complex night-time installation scheduled for May.
Designed by local architects, 5plus, the cleverly designed structure will use weathering steel in its design, which will patinate over time and compliment the surrounding buildings in its style as an understated and simple and elegant structure. Featuring over 21,000 carefully drilled holes, the perforations in this unique structure will help animate the bridge throughout the day with changing shadows and pedestrian movement. The main components of the bridge have been manufactured here in the UK by specialist fabricators Cleveland Bridge Factory in Darlington whose skills have helped bring the striking bridge design to life.
The new bridge is being installed to create a crucial link between the ground transport interchange and hotel district, to the Hut Group's 1m sq ft campus and the wider office district, as well as neighbouring Wythenshawe. Doing so, will reinforce Airport City Manchester's reputation as a highly-connected and sustainable destination for the businesses and communities it is designed to serve.