Finzels Reach Footbridge

Finzel’s reach footbridge is a new £2.7M footbridge across Bristol's floating harbour, which will allow pedestrians and cyclists a route to the new Finzel’s reach development in the city. The 91 metre bridge adds a new dimension to the Finzel’s reach project. It twists its way gracefully across the Avon waterway linking the Finzel’s reach development with Castle Park.

The bridge has an unusual sinuous shape and was designed to maximise the length of the structure to allow the minimum gradient on the bridge from either side while maintaining the necessary clearance over the navigable section of the watercourse. The clients project manager Dickson Powell Partnership approached CTS directly to create a structural solution from their architectural aspirations, which gave earlier budget confidence and identified critical structural constraints at the outset. CTS undertook all structural design of the scheme, its value engineering, manufacture and installation. In brief the structure comprises a series of curved steel sections, braced by bolted top and bottom members to create a torsion box which can be assembled on site. It is surfaced with a Ekki timber decking, and incorporates Ekki top handrail, stainless steel sweeping wires, sculptured cladding and feature lighting.

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