New Weavers’ Triangle footbridge opens

WALK ON: Tim Webber, Coun. Mark Townsend and Steve Rumbelow (s)
WALK ON: Tim Webber, Coun. Mark Townsend and Steve Rumbelow (s)

A striking new canal footbridge is the latest piece in the development of Burnley’s historic Weavers’ Triangle.

The Sandygate Bridge, which will link pedestrians from the On The Banks development to Burnley town centre, has been opened to the public.

The £300,000 steel footbridge, designed by Roger Westbrook, spans the Leeds and Liverpool Canal between the University Technical College and the town centre.

Features include lighting in the handrails which will create a blade of light.

The bridge links onto the new Sandygate Square, which includes an amphitheatre and canalside terrace, to be launched early next year.

Tim Webber, who is managing director of developers Barnfield Construction, said: “We worked closely with the Canals and Rivers Trust to ensure the design aligned with canal users and barges passing under the new bridge.

“We are excited by a number of attractions we are bringing to the development which will include leisure, restaurants and some fantastic hotel and residential accommodation.”

Burnley Council’s chief executive Steve Rumbelow said: “It is wonderful to see the new bridge in position, which signifies the second phase of works transforming the Weavers’ Triangle On the Banks are well underway.”

Burnley Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “On The Banks is one of the largest heritage led regeneration schemes in the country and I’m proud to see the transformations taking place which will help put Burnley on the map as a place where innovation is thriving.”

“This will raise demand for land and buildings and increase property values.”