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Tintagel Castle Footbridge - 16.022

Program

Complete mission for architectural and structural design.

Concept

The design of Tintagel Castle Footbridge is based on the simple concept of recreating the link that once existed and crossed the present void. Instead of introducing a third element that spans from side to side, we proposed two independent cantilevers that reach out and almost touch in the middle. The new bridge enhances the visitor experience, enabling more people to discover the site and facilitate its understanding. The main access route via the historic inner gate of the lower ward offers dramatic views. The structure tapers from a height of 4.5 m where it springs from the rock face to just 170 cm at the centre, with an open joint between the mainland and island halves. The proposed materials of the bridge are simple, durable, and appropriate to the context of the site. The main structure is in painted steel. The balustrading is in electropolished stainless DUPLEX steel and the deck surface is vertically laid local slate.

Specific features

We opted for a cantilevered construction because this technique allowed construction to advance sequentially into the void from the abutments, without the need for temporary supports.

  • 2016

  • 2019

  • Ney & Partners - William Matthews Associates

  • English Heritage

  • Tintagel, United Kingdom

  • 68.5 m

  • Completed
  • Laurent Ney - Jim Holden -David Levene -Justin Minns