New canal bridge in place in Weavers’ Triangle

Canal footbridge Installation(Weavers triangle_Burnley)_2/7/14
Canal footbridge Installation(Weavers triangle_Burnley)_2/7/14
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A new canal footbridge has been lowered into place at the heart of a new £100m. development in Burnley’s iconic Weavers’ Triangle.

The bridge goes over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and forms part of the On the Banks project off Trafalgar Street.

The 50 ton structure, which was lowered into place by a 500 ton crane, has been clad in glass and steel to fit in with the development, which will include office space, leisure and retail outlets.

Incorporating LED lighting into the handrails, the bridge will not open to the public until the completion of Sandygate Square, which will feature a new amphitheatre and canalside terrace.

Mr Gareth Smith, project director for contractors Barnfield Construction, said: “This is another major milestone in a highly technical and difficult project that has delivered some fantastic outcomes in a difficult market. The aspirations for the On The Banks project were agreed at the outset of the project in a joint venture with Burnley Council.

“The bridge signifies the ethos of the development coming together by opening up a once cut-off part of Burnley. The designs for the bridge were thought over for a long time but we are confident this is a fantastic addition to the ever growing development. We worked closely with the Canals and Rivers Trust to ensure the design aligned with canal users and barges passing under the new bridge.”

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

“The public realm and highway improvements taking place in and around the Weavers’ Triangle will create a modern and welcoming gateway.

“High quality public realm works are proven to have wider economic value, including raised demand for land and buildings and increased property values, as well as creating places where people want to visit and enjoy their leisure time.”

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “This is one of the largest heritage led regeneration schemes in the country and I’m proud to see the transformations taking place, helping put Burnley on the map as a place where enterprise and innovation are thriving.”