A NEW BRIDGE OPENS UP BRISTOL
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The 91 metre Finzels Bridge adds an entirely new dimension to the Finzels Reach project, providing easy access to the north of the Floating Harbour. It twists its way gracefully across the historic waterway, landing in Castle Park from where Cabot Circus and the MetroBus route are a short walk away.
The bridge is one of the primary pedestrian routes set out by the City Council as part of their wider assessment of access to the city centre. It completes an attractive walkway from Temple Mead to Castle Park and the retail areas of Cabot Circus. It has also improved access to the popular ferry services on the north of the Floating Harbour for pedestrians coming from the south.
THE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
Finzels Bridge has been a challenging and unusual construction project. It has involved canal barges to float materials to the site and specialist divers to help survey and prepare for the underwater work.
Its unusually sinuous shape was designed to allow the minimum gradient on the bridge between either side of the Floating Harbour. Made from a series of unique curved steel sections, it is topped with timber decking, sculptured cladding and feature lighting.
The eye-catching structure will be a lasting legacy of the Finzels Reach development – a unique footbridge enjoyed by many users for years to come.