Engineering the MediaCityUK Footbridge, Lecture, London

17 July, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

Engineering the MediaCityUK Footbridge, Lecture, London

About this event

The MediaCityUK Footbridge is an asymmetric, cable-stayed, swing bridge providing pedestrian access into the heart of the new MediaCityUK development in Salford Quays.

This presentation will examine the visual and structural aspects of this contemporary and unique 100 m long moving footbridge spanning over the Manchester Ship Canal.

The presentation will also describe how the footbridge has been designed to respond to and overcome the conflicts of aspirations, access requirements and challenging geometrical constraints of its location.

Key structural design challenges will be discussed, and how these were overcome to provide a spectacular southern pedestrian gateway to the MediaCityUK development in Salford Quays.

The bridge in conjunction with the existing Lowry Bridge enhances pedestrian links for the area as a whole, celebrating the heritage of the Manchester Ship Canal as a living amenity.

The paper that forms the basis of this presentation won the John Henry Garrood King Medal at the 2016 ICE Annual Award Ceremony.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Dr Fabio Gazzola PhD, MEng, CEng, MICE, Dott Ing
Principal Engineer, Transport – Civil Structures, Ramboll UK, Southampton, UK

John Beswick

Dr Fabio Gazzola graduated in 1996 with a degree in Civil Engineering from Padua University, Italy. After the award of a Marie Curie Research Fellowship, he undertook academic research in offshore engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea, completing his PhD in 2001.  In the same year he joined Ramboll and since then he has worked on a variety of rail, highway and pedestrian bridge projects.  These include the award winning MediaCityUK Footbridge in Salford, for which he was design team leader.  He has co-authored over ten journal and conference proceedings in the fields of bridge engineering, offshore engineering and masonry structures.  Dr Gazzola is currently a member of the Editorial Panel for the ICE Bridge Engineering Journal and has delivered a number of guest lectures on bridge design at Southampton University and Portsmouth University.


Dr Steve Jones BEng PhD CEng FICE MIStructE
Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Liverpool
Chairman, Member ICE Bridge Engineering Journal Editorial Panel

John Beswick

Dr Steve Jones is a member of the Bridge Engineering Advisory Panel. He is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and a Fellow of this Institution.  Following graduation with a first degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (1977) and a PhD (1980) from the University of Sheffield, he spent 28 years working as a Bridge Engineer initially for Atkins and lately for Gifford.  Major projects worked on include: the Hackney-M11 Link Road, the M25 Poyle to M4 Section, the Second Severn Crossing, the Dee Crossing, the Boyne Bridge in Ireland and the Mersey Gateway.  For the past 9 years he has been Senior Lecturer of Structural Engineering at the University of Liverpool, where he has been the Civil Engineering Programme Director and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering.