Scale Lane Swing Bridge
|Other name(s):||River Hull Footbridge|
Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, England, United Kingdom
|Coordinates:||53° 44' 32.41" N 0° 19' 47.43" W|
|total length||57 m|
|cantilever length||35 m|
Completion of the bridge
The bridge is opened to the public
Winner of international competition for a new opening pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Hull. As well as improving connection between the city centre and the under-developed east bank, the new swing bridge acts as a focus for riverside regeneration and creates a memorable new civic landmark. Uniquely it allows people the experience of riding on the bridge while it actually rotates - a world first. It has become a visitor destination in the city.
The distinctive form of the 57m bridge recalls Hull’s maritime heritage. It creates a series of places for people to enjoy the riverscape, providing a choice of generous routes, varied vantage points and places to sit as well as a cafe/restaurant within the bridge. The design also includes new landscaped public spaces on each bank, connecting back into the city context. A public art installation developed with artist Nayan Kulkarni embeds text and a subtle soundscape across the whole site, adding further layers to peoples’ experience. The sound and light systems are utilised to signal and dramatise the opening movement of the bridge.
Relevant Web Sites
- Scale Lane Bridge: a unique new crossing of the River Hull. Presented at: Footbridge 2014 - Past, Present & Future, London, 16-18 July 2014. (2014):
- Longitudinally curved timber decking for pedestrian bridges. Presented at: Footbridge 2014 - Past, Present & Future, London, 16-18 July 2014. (2014):
- Bridge Architecture + Design. 1st edition, Braun Publishing AG, Salenstein (Switzerland), ISBN 978-3-03768-025-4, pp. 262-265. (2010):
- Going for a ride. In: Bridge Update, n. 60 (June 2006).
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