Castleford Bridge Pride of Castleford

Castleford Bridge Pride of Castleford

The 'S' shaped new footbridge in Castleford represents the culmination of strong working partnership, unwavering community commitment, whole-hearted and holistic effort of the people that has brought this Iconic project. The simple and elegant structure of the project fits sympathetically within its environment, whilst providing a landmark for the town.

A stylish, innovative and high profile pedestrian bridge has been recently completed and opened for the people of Castleford in Yorkshire, England. Part of a wider regeneration project which involved thousands of local people, the bridge seeks to re-establish the river as a central asset for Castleford, increasing connectivity and improving the quality of the public spaces on the riverside. Designed for pedestrian use, the S-shaped footbridge across the River Aire creates a catalyst for regeneration of the waterfront. 131 metres long and 4 metres wide, the scheme also accommodates seating, making the bridge a unique civic space as well as a walkway

Castleford Bridge Pride of Castleford
The £4.8 million bridge has been funded by Wakefield Council, Yorkshire Forward and English Partnerships. Leading architects, designers and regeneration experts amongst whom McDowell + Benedetti, Martha Schwartz, Hudson Architects and DSDHA have collaborated with local people and agencies to improve the quality of life of the town and to make Castleford a distinctive place.

The footbridge creates a safer more pleasant pedestrian route than the 200 year-old Victorian road bridge further downstream. The new bridge has united the north and south of Castleford's riverside community connecting Aire Street to Mill Lane.

According to Wakefield Council Leader, Peter Box: the opening of the bridge was a historic moment for the town of Castleford. 'It represents the culmination of strong working partnership and an unwavering community commitment to help bring such a project to fruition. The bridge is a new focus for visitors to Castleford. It will help us to attract new interest to the town and open up the potential of the town's riverside area."

NBM&CW September 2009

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