Bristol

There are at least four bridges of interest in the City of Bristol - Meads Reach Bridge and Valentine's Bridge both near Temple Meads Station, Castle Bridge on Finzel's Rech and Pero's Bridge on St Augustine's Reach; all cross the Floating Harbour. No photos of Valentine's Bridge (opened in 2000) or Meads Reach Bridge (2010) yet - sorry! 

Pero's Bridge is another bridge which, strictly speaking, does not qualify as a Millennium Bridge, as it was opened in 1998. However, in other respects - as a cyclist/pedestrian bridge of striking design, forming a valuable component of the transport infrastructure of the City, it merits inclusion in this website.

The bridge is named after Pero, Bristol's most famous slave and as such acknowledges, at long last, the major part which slaves and the slave trade played in Bristol's history. The bridge designed by Ove Arup, crosses St Augustine's Reach of the Bristol Floating Harbour. It is a bascule bridge, 3 metres wide, with a 11-metre long lifting section, and the counterweights take the unusual form of a pair of horns. 

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Castle Bridge is the newest bridge to be built in Bristol. It links the Finzels Reach development with Castle Park. At a cost of 2.7 million, it was paid for entirely by the developer. The bridge is 4 metres wide and designed for use by both cyclists and pedestrians. As there is a signifcant difference in level between opposite banks and to reduce the gradient to no more than 1:20, the bridge was designd to be  S-shaped in plan. A 20 metre wide navigable channel is retained under the bridge..  The piers supporting the bridge are driven into deep silt in the floor of the Harbour. The deck was fabricated in four sections which were floated in on barges.  The architects were Bush Consultancy, the contractor Andrew Scott and the fabricator CTS. The name "Castle Bridge" was determined by popular vote. Further information and time-lapse photography of the construction can be found here.

The photographs shown here were taken on 10th March 2017 less than a month before completion and show some of the finishing touches being applied.

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