Abbey Park Road Footbridge, Leicester 

Design and construction of a brand new footbridge on Abbey Park Road for Leicester City Council.

Abbey Park Road footbridge from the air with crane

Abbey Park Road Footbridge, Leicester 

Design and construction of a brand new footbridge on Abbey Park Road for Leicester City Council.

Abbey Park Road Footbridge, Leicester 

Design and construction of a brand new footbridge on Abbey Park Road for Leicester City Council.

Abbey Park Road Footbridge, Leicester

Danaher & Walsh, appointed by Leicester City Council through the Maintenance of Highway Structures term contract, undertook the design and construction of a new footbridge on Abbey Park Road in Leicester.

Project Overview

The new steel footbridge boasts a 50m span and 3.5m width, facilitating the passage of cyclists and pedestrians over the River Soar. Positioned parallel to the existing Abbey Corner Bridge, a 150-year-old Grade 2 listed structure too narrow to accommodate the necessary lanes of traffic along with cyclists and pedestrians safely, the steel superstructure adopts a Vierendeel truss design. The gently bowed deck profile helps alleviate the half-metre difference in level between each end of the bridge.

The superstructure, fabricated in four parts, was transported to the site individually and assembled atop the existing Abbey Corner Bridge. Subsequently, a mobile crane was employed to lift the superstructure into its designated position.

Simultaneously, Danaher & Walsh executed two distinct yet interconnected schemes on Abbey Park Road. One involved essential maintenance and repair works on Abbey Corner Bridge, while the other encompassed extensive highway and public realm enhancements along the length of Abbey Park Road. Together with the bridge projects, these efforts culminated in an improved environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport users, all while maintaining smooth traffic flows. Additionally, the schemes contribute to a more welcoming approach to Abbey Park.

Key Details
  • Client Leicester City Council
  • Project value £1m
  • Date April 2022
  • Expertise Bridgeworks
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Client Testimonial

“Please could you pass on my thanks to the team who have undertaken the work at Riverside Abbey Park Road. I commute to work at Abbey Park along that stretch and it’s a vast improvement. Also it enhances the area especially Cardinals Meadows.”

Jane Ushwell

Parks and Open Spaces, Leicester City Council

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