|Other name(s):||Millennium Bridge; Castleford Bay Bridge|
|Beginning of works:||January 2007|
|Completion:||4 July 2008|
Castleford, City of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, England, United Kingdom
|Coordinates:||53° 43' 42.12" N 1° 21' 8.56" W|
|total length||133 m|
|main spans||4 × 26 m|
|number of spans||7|
- August 2006
Beginning of construction
Completion of the bridge
|4 July 2008||
Multi-award winning 130m long pedestrian bridge creating new public spaces as first phase in Castleford Bay waterfront regeneration Masterplan. The Design and construction process were featured in a Channel 4 TV documentary.
The design was chosen and championed by the community with wide stakeholder consultation. The bridge is a catalyst to re-focus regeneration on the River Aire, the town’s most under-used natural asset, improving public access and enjoyment. A wider riverside master plan includes a ‘string of pearls’ boardwalk/path around the Bay to encourage further waterfront regeneration.
The curving hardwood deck skirts the weir above flood level. The elegant minimised structure utilises mid-span upstands that form a series of long curving central benches, for people to linger and enjoy the riverscape. Delicate balustrades and hidden lighting minimise riverscape impact. Highly durable FSC renewable untreated cumaru timber is fixed with an innovative concealed clamping system.
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- Bridge Architecture + Design. 1st edition, Braun Publishing AG, Salenstein (Switzerland), ISBN 978-3-03768-025-4, pp. 242-247. (2010):
- Regeneration game. In: Bridge Update, n. 77 (July 2008), pp. 4.
- Hidden potential. In: Bridge Design & Engineering, v. 11, n. 40 (3rd Quarter 2005), pp. 10.
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