Exciting development in Bristol Harbour project as bridge Finzels Reach arrives in the city by barge

CGI Finzels Reach Bridge

Bristol’s floating harbour has been the subject of many headlines since the confirmation of the project earlier this year. With work well underway, the South Wales construction specialist leading the project is pleased to announce that they have reached a crucial stage in the development of the much talked about Finzels Reach.

Andrew Scott Ltd has just started work on installing the new footbridge, a £2.7 million structure that will connect Castle Park and Hawkins Lane to create the floating harbour. The 20-ton sections arrived on site by barge and were craned into place to create the iconic and striking ‘S’ shape as detailed in the design plans. The final section of the footbridge was lowered just last week.

“We are delighted to be leading the Finzels Reach project, and after months of hard work we are thrilled to share details of these crucial final stages. With the final section of the bridge now in place, the vision of creating the ‘perfect place to live and work in the city’ thanks to this exciting residential, commercial, retail and leisure development will soon be realised,” said Bill Pugh, Contracts Manager at Andrew Scott Ltd.

As the bridge’s installation draws to a close, the section of the River Avon under development, an area which spans from Bristol Bridge to Temple Meads, will be closed for around two weeks. During this time the bridge’s final works and testing will be carried out.

“Following installation, final works and testing, an important phase which will determine whether the structure is robust enough to handle the heavy footfall expected each and every week, developers Cubex expect the bridge to be open to the public in early 2017,” concluded Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd.

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