New Islington Bridge

  • Location: Manchester
  • Programme: 2007
  • Client: Urdan Splash
  • Contract Value: £250,000

The New Islington Bridge connects five pedestrian routes along the canal with a single sweeping deck. Rising continuously 1:20 from the NE bank of the canal basin, it ends hovering over the existing stone canal wall.

The plan of the bridge can be thought of as a Greek letter ‘omega’ – a circular arc cut along a chord. The canal clearance on the Rochdale Canal is achieved in its normal working position, while twin rams raise the leading edge when access to the canal arm is required.

The bridge uses just one material – weathering steel arranged in sculptured layers. These are lit at night to emphasise their lamination, the lines of light mimicking the patterns of people moving from place to place.