Scale Lane Bridge on River Hull in full swing

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A new footbridge has opened to the public in Hull, North East England. The project’s aim is to boost development and regeneration in the areas to the east of the city centre as part of a wider masterplan. The innovative opening bridge, provides essential infrastructure to connect new development on the east bank of the River Hull to the city centre.

Now completed and open to the public, the new 1000 tonne pedestrian and cycle Scale Lane Bridge spans 57 metres. Its distinctive ‘whale’ form makes it an instant landmark, unique to Hull and its rich maritime heritage.  The innovative pivoting design allows members of the public to remain on the bridge while it opens and closes for river traffic – believed to be a world first.  Smaller vessels will be able to pass under the bridge without the need for rotation. The bridge remains in permanent contact with the west bank of the River Hull, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to exit the bridge during rotation should they wish.

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The primary structure consists of a steel spine, cantilevering approximately 35 metres from a three-dimensional Vierendeel girder ring that is approximately 16 metres in diameter, with a circular structure which houses a glazed bistro/restaurant space. The central structural spine leads onto a landscaped terrace with seating from where people can enjoy panoramic views. The structure is supported on wheels and incorporates a slew bearing to permit rotation, which is then supported on a tubular pile/concrete substructure. A 650 tonne concrete ballast located in the hub and walkways provides a counterbalance to the 37 metre long spine section.

Construction Team:

Engineers:                      Alan Baxter Associates
Architects:                       McDowell+Benedetti
Contractors:                    Qualter Hall
Landscape architects :   Grontmij
Public art;                       Nayan Kulkami
Lighting designer:          Sutton Vane Associates


Gail Taylor