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MediaCityUK Footbridge
Salford quays swing bridge.jpg
MediaCityUK Footbridge at night
Coordinates 53°28′17″N 2°18′00″W / 53.4713°N 2.3001°W / 53.4713; -2.3001Coordinates: 53°28′17″N 2°18′00″W / 53.4713°N 2.3001°W / 53.4713; -2.3001
Carries Pedestrians
Crosses Manchester Ship Canal
Locale MediaCityUK, Salford Quays
Other name(s) Salford Quays Swing Bridge
Owner Peel Group
Characteristics
Design Cable-stay swing bridge
Material Steel
Total length 83 metres (272 ft)
Width 6–19 metres (20–62 ft)
Height 31 metres (102 ft)
Longest span 65 metres (213 ft)
Number of spans 2
Piers in water 1
Clearance above 48 metres (157 ft)
Clearance below 4.77 metres (15.6 ft)
History
Architect Wilkinson Eyre
Designer Gifford (structure), Pinniger (lighting)
Engineering design by Bennett Associates (Atkins) KGAL
Constructed by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
Fabrication by Rowecord Engineering
Construction begin September 2009
Construction end 2011
Construction cost £11 million
Opened 2011

The Media City Footbridge is a swing-mechanism footbridge over the Manchester Ship Canal near MediaCityUK. It is an asymmetric cable-stayed swing bridge and was completed in 2011. It was designed by Gifford (now part of the Ramboll Group) and Wilkinson Eyre.

The pedestrian bridge links MediaCityUK with the Imperial War Museum North on Trafford Wharf. It weighs 450 tonnes, and has two spans of 65 and 18 metres (213 and 59 ft). It swings through 71 degrees to give a 48-metre (157 ft) navigation channel. The deck of the bridge is an orthotropic steel box. The bridge is supported by eight tapered steel fanned masts. It was built by Balfour Beatty, with the steel fabrication by Rowecord Engineering of Newport, South Wales. The swing mechanism is built on a reinforced concrete caisson foundation of 13 metres (43 ft) diameter. Above the water it is 7.3 metres (24 ft) in diameter.

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