Sail Bridge, Swansea

In many major ports throughout the world, there is an extensive program of regeneration in place transforming the old redundant docks into smart new offices, retail, residential and leisure facilities. Swansea is no exception. Under the Welsh Development Agency, the SA1 Swansea Waterside area is being transformed. Part of this transformation is the construction of two striking new bridges over the River Tawe - the Sail Bridge, featured here, and the Lock bridge at the barrage at the seaward end. 

The Sail Bridge was opened in June 2003. Design was by William Eyre, structural engineers Flint and Neill Partnership, main contractors Balfour Beatty, and steelwork contractors, Rowecord Engineering. The bridge is 142 metres long, and the deck is supported by cables strung from a 40 metre high mast; the design is inspired by the sail of a yacht.  For further technical details see the Steel Construction organization website.

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