Castleford Bridge, Wakefield – McDowell and Benedetti
This attractive winding bridge by McDowell and Benedetti is a lovely example of how architects can address a time old problem with a new approach. The pedestrian bridge snakes its way across the River Aire, connecting the urban centre that exists on one side, with the newly regenerated ex coal mining hub.
The bridge was designed as not just a place of crossing, but as one of socialising and reconnecting the locals with this unused area of river. The bridge winds from one bank to the other in a slow ‘S’ shape, giving users and visitors plenty of opportunity to enjoy the walk. It is by no means the quickest way to cross a river, but with the high level of finish across the entire project, and the stunning river below, it will certainly enhance anyones walk.
“Multi-award winning 130m long pedestrian bridge creates new public spaces as first phase in Castleford Bay waterfront regeneration masterplan. Design and construction process featured in Channel 4 TV documentary”, McDowell and Benedetti