A pedestrian and cycle bridge designed by 5Plus Architects has been rolled into position over the M56 spur airport approach road in Manchester.
Installation of the 380-tonne bridge took place over the weekend. The latest piece of infrastructure at Manchester’s Airport City was fabricated and installed by Cleveland Bridge UK, working with main contractor BCEGI. RoC Consulting was the scheme’s structural designer. Arup and Faithful & Gould are also on the project team.
The bridge, due to open to the public in November once ramps and lifts are in place, is 52.5m long and 6m wide and was constructed from Cor-Ten steel. Half of the £6m cost was met by Manchester City Council to support access to the key employment site from Wythenshawe and other areas.
Projects currently under way at Airport City include the first phase of The Hut Group’s £1bn THQ business campus and two hotels, begun by BCEGI in January.
Jonathan Haigh, managing director of MAG Property, said: “The new bridge is a key component of the Airport City Manchester masterplan and capitalises on the connectivity to multiple modes of public transport at the Manchester Airport Ground Transport Interchange.
“In turn, this will underpin increased usage of public transport to more sustainably facilitate occupier needs and enhance convenience for employees, visitors and neighbouring residents alike.
“The bridge connects the emerging hotel district south of the M56 spur road to the larger swathe of development-ready land to the north, which is earmarked primarily for office and ancillary uses.
“It also enables car parking to be decanted away from the heart of the scheme helping to enrich the amenity value of public open spaces.”