Castleford Bridge and masterplan

Award-winning pedestrian bridge improves connection across the River Aire, increase people’s enjoyment of the riverscape and acts as a catalyst for waterfront regeneration as the first phase in the Castleford Bay masterplan.

The elegant 130m serpentine bridge, supported on delicate inclined columns, is set over the turbulent waters of the mill weir. To keep the deck structure as thin as possible, part of the structure sticks up through the deck. This is utilised to form a series of undulating benches, set in the curving hardwood deck, for people to linger and enjoy the riverscape.

Client: Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, English Partnerships, Yorkshire Forward

Cost: £3.2 million

Status: Opened 2008

Team: McDowell+Benedetti, Alan Baxter & Associates, Arup, Sutton Vane Associates, Philip Pank Partnership

Channel 4 TV ‘Kevin McCloud’s Big Town Plan’, Masterpieces of Bridge Architecture & Design, Architects Journal, Building Design, Casabella (Italy), World Architecture News, C3 (Korea), Architecture NZ, de Architect (Holland), OfArch (Italy)
International Footbridge Award 2011, RIBA CABE Public Space Award, RIBA Award, RIBA White Rose Silver Award, Civic Trust Award, Civic Trust Special Award for Partnership, Regeneration & Renewal Grand Prix, ACE Infrastructure Award, Structural Steel Award, Waterways Renaissance Award (USA), RICS Pro- Yorkshire Community Benefit Award