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Engineering the MediaCityUK Footbridge, Lecture, London

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17 July 2017

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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.

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