VolkerStevin, a construction company, has reached an agreement to undertake Sunderland’s £31 million “smart pedestrian and cycle bridge” project, which will span the River Wear. The bridge aims to provide seamless access for both pedestrians and cyclists, facilitating improved connections between the city center and the Sheepfolds area. Computer-generated images (CGIs) of the footbridge reveal a simple and elegant design that will complement the city’s evolving skyline on Riverside Sunderland while framing the iconic Wearmouth Bridge.
The new footbridge will be 10 meters wide, 30 meters high, and over 250 meters long. It will consist of reinforced concrete piers, a steel box girder superstructure, and a precast concrete deck. Additional features include steel parapets, lighting, street furniture, and various architectural elements. The bridge will incorporate cutting-edge technology to offer engaging and interactive experiences for those who traverse it.
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The bridge will enhance connectivity and stimulate economic growth in Sunderland
The smart pedestrian and cycle bridge project includes social value commitments, such as the establishment of a community fund to support initiatives that enhance the cultural, heritage, educational, environmental, energy, and health opportunities for local residents. Furthermore, there is a commitment to prioritize local employment opportunities during the project’s execution.
Ian Cussons, Operations Director at VolkerStevin, expressed delight in commencing work on-site and emphasized the collaborative effort between VolkerStevin and Sunderland City Council in delivering this significant infrastructure project for the city and its community. Cussons acknowledged the dedicated team involved in contributing to the economic growth of Sunderland.
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, expressed enthusiasm for the commencement of the landmark project, highlighting its role in bridging the gap between the city center and the Sheepfolds area. The construction of the new footbridge will not only expand the city’s footprint but also pave the way for additional residential properties, workspaces, and amenities. Collaborating with VolkerStevin on the smart pedestrian and cycle bridge project will create employment opportunities and foster economic growth, with numerous local contractors engaged to contribute, thus generating substantial benefits well before the project’s completion.