The structure would cross the Ashton Canal, connecting the Chips building with General Projects’ £325,000 sq ft Pollard Street scheme on the opposite side.
Under plans lodged by Manchester City Council, the bridge would sit alongside the existing walkway that traverses the canal at the grade two-listed lock three.
The project is aimed at improving access for pedestrians and cyclists in and around New Islington.
The existing crossing “restricts movement and is significantly compromised for use by cyclists and pedestrians due to its narrow width and uneven surface”, according to architect Hawkins\Brown.
As well as the bridge, a ramped cycleway/walkway is to be constructed on part of the Ashton Canal’s western towpath, next to the Chips building.
Hawkins\Brown also designed a bridge across the River Irwell, linking New Bailey in Salford and Manchester’s St Johns. Work on that project is yet to begin despite funding being secured in 2019.
Wilde Consultants is the structural engineer for the project and Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant.
General Project’s Pollard Street development attracted the ire of local residents who objected to the scheme as it proposes building on an area known locally as New Islington Green.
Residents use the grassed area next to New Islington Metrolink stop for recreational purposes.
However, last December the council approved General Project’s plans for the office park despite pleas to preserve the green space.