Barnfield Construction has installed a 50-tonne footbridge across the Leeds & Liverpool Canal as part of the £100m regeneration project in Burnley.
The footbridge will link Sandygate Mill and the £10.3m University Technical College, completed as part of the first phase of the scheme, with an area proposed for bars and restaurants in later phases.
A joint venture between Barnfield Construction and Burnley Council, known as Barnfield Burnley Developments, is bringing forward the On the Banks heritage regeneration scheme in the historic Weavers' Triangle. The project includes the development of public realm, office and creative work space, residential, leisure and retail centres along the North and South sides of the canal.
Barnfield Burnley Construction is currently on site with the development of 20,000 sq ft of offices at Slater Terrace, the installation of a public square at Sandygate, and the creation of a coffee shop at Waterloo Hotel. Planning has been submitted for a fish and chip restaurant and drive-through as part of phase three, alongside a hotel, function suite, and standalone restaurant.
The joint venture said that it was also in talks with a provider to build more than 100 residential units, and an operator for a 2,500-seat music venue.
The 50-metre footbridge will not be open to the public until the completion of the public realm works at Sandygate Square.
Gareth Smith, project director of Barnfield, said: "This is another major milestone in a highly technical and difficult project that has delivered some fantastic outcomes in a difficult market.
"The aspirations for the On the Banks project were agreed at the outset of the project in joint venture with Burnley Council. The uncompromising approach to both quality and delivery has ensured that the more difficult parts of the development are delivered in a timely manner.
"We are currently bringing forward plans for future phases and we are excited by a number of end uses we are bringing to the development which will include leisure, restaurants and some fantastic hotel and residential accommodation."
The highway and public realm works are supported by funding from the Regional Growth Fund, European Regional Development Fund and Lancashire County Council.