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Ok, so it's not a recent prop, approved back in 2002, but since its construction is (always) on the horizon, here's a thread for it.

Bridge to span from Spinningfields over the river Irwell to Stanley Street, Salford.

c.£2.3m construction cost, including public realm works to the Salford side.

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River Irwell Between Irwell Square (Manchester) And Stanley Street, Salford
Erection of new pedestrian footbridge



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future vision of the Salford side,




images from the Mark Addy site,


http://markaddy.co.uk/gallery


http://markaddy.co.uk/gallery

and an old aerial shot,



Small scale realm works were included in the big Central Salford app,


The phase 1 design for Stanley street integrates the landing of the bridge with the existing route to Central Salford station along New Bailey Street. The design takes into account the proposed extension of the Mark Addy and the future masterplan for the surrounding area. The street balances the need to provide a high quality environment that becomes adaptable when the later phases are ready to be implemented.

Limited changes are suggested for the area adjacent to the Mark Addy to ensure that the investment is not wasted however, a bin store is provided to remove the bins from the street’s edge. The scheme is intended as a sample scheme to test the design with the intention that the style and materials could be rolled out across the area.

The road surface remains as bitmac due to the road re-alignment anticipated when the new masterplan is implemented. The changes would include the road’s re-orientation and a change in the priorities of the street.

It is intended that the area around the bridge would become a small square/ public space once phase 2 is implemented and so feature pavers are incorporated to highlight arrival from the bridge. Lighting poles and seating are also provided to act as a focus and places for people to stay.

It is intended that whilst the planters would remain in place they would be re-planted with a more appropriate display. Excess signage and obsolete signage would be removed.
http://iclipseweb.salford.gov.uk/AnitePublicDocs/06815397.pdf


...and some recent updates,

New Pedestrian Bridge Connection - Stanley Street, Salford Central and Spinningfields - Nov-09 SCC Report


The bridge to link Spinningfields to the Mark Addy in Salford should also start this year, she said. “It has secured all the finding needed. The legals are done and we want to start this year. The bridge should be in place for the end of next year.”
http://www.manchesterconfidential.c...ord-URC-outlines-regeneration-plans_15397.asp
 

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More news on the when the bridge across the Irwell from Leftbank to the Mary Addy will finally open.



Ramsbottom said a new bridge being built between the pub and Spinningfields would also help him decide what to do with the site when the lease ends.

“That should be in place by December and will give a good indication of how popular it is,” he said. “The pub seems to be doing well for Margaret and Rob.”


http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/News/General/Demolition-unlikely-for-Mark-Addy-_16934.asp
 

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I was at a meeting last Friday with many representatives from Salford Council and various development partners and we received an update from Central Salford on Irwell River Park, Greengate Cove and so on.

I managed to ask about the Irwell footbridge (as it is a subject close to my heart) and we were assured that all the paperwork, agreements, funding and legals are finally complete. Work is due to start "next month".

I'm not holding my breath but as many of the reasons for delay have been overcome this does appear to be the most positive news for a while.
 

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Bridge Work Starting at long, long last?

Finally, some news.

A few weeks ago there were surveyors working on the Mark Addy side of the bridge location. I didn't want to get my hopes up.

Last week a load of guys were working to increase the height of the hoardings on the Spinningfields side of the bridge location. This was only putting it back to the height it had been a few years ago, so I didn't want to get my hopes up.

Then they had a bobcat working to remove a load of slate that had been dumped down behind the hoardings a few months earlier. I didn't want to get my hopes up.

They took the slate away and kept going, exposing concrete below the level of the surrounding walkway surface. I didn't want to get too excited.

Then today a load of scaffolding has been delivered to the compound formed by the freshly painted hoardings. And there on the hoardings are pretty colour pictures of what the bridge will look like, possibly the first visible acknowledgement that this is what is going to happen.

My hopes are up. :)
 

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Hi Blackfriars, no I'm not in Leftbank but this bridge is very close to my heart, partly because I think it'll be great for the bars and restaurants and therefore the general life on the riverbank, partly because it's been unfinished business for so long and partly because by using it every day I'll shave about 2 minutes (20%) off my morning commute - and that's what I call cost-benefit analysis:)

I've been following it closely for years, ever since I knew an engineer working on building Spinningfields who believed it had been constructed and was sitting in a yard waiting to be installed. It's been listed in a website database of engineering projects for years and I've recently noticed this has been updated to show it as "Built: 2011 - Status: Under Construction"
http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0004811

More work today; they've started building scaffolding out and down over the river. I'd take pictures if my hands would stop shaking with excitement.
 

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Hi Blackfriars, no I'm not in Leftbank but this bridge is very close to my heart, partly because I think it'll be great for the bars and restaurants and therefore the general life on the riverbank, partly because it's been unfinished business for so long and partly because by using it every day I'll shave about 2 minutes (20%) off my morning commute - and that's what I call cost-benefit analysis:)

I've been following it closely for years, ever since I knew an engineer working on building Spinningfields who believed it had been constructed and was sitting in a yard waiting to be installed. It's been listed in a website database of engineering projects for years and I've recently noticed this has been updated to show it as "Built: 2011 - Status: Under Construction"
http://en.structurae.de/structures/data/index.cfm?id=s0004811

More work today; they've started building scaffolding out and down over the river. I'd take pictures if my hands would stop shaking with excitement.
finally a sighting of the lesser spotted spinningfield bridge (genus delayusmaximus). i never thought this would happen just like i never thought the chapel street work would happen and that is now well under way also.
 

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Work on the Bridge

Apologies if this first-time image posting fails miserably, but if it works this is a picture of the bridge construction, taken from the Salford bank today.

Not just scaffolding but serious demolition and preparation work.

 

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Whoa hang about!

The bridge is under construction already!? :banana:

I thought it had to go through loads of grueling meetings and funding trials first?
 

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Its been going through them for about that few months/years.

Is great to finally see it under construction now. Its been nearly 10 years since plans were approved for it. Time to move to Construction forum now.
 

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No, all those meetings have been held, and the funding was agreed last year or even before (it got some from the European Regional Development Fund and/or the late North West Development Agency. I think Allied London have also made a payment to Salford City Council which is intended to cover maintenance for the next 10 or 20 years)

Let's try another picture or two:





 

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Fantastic.

And what part of the river on the other side does it connect to? Further towards SC station than the Lowry Bridge or ... ?
 

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Here you go.

future vision of the Salford side,



Small scale realm works were included in the big Central Salford app,



The phase 1 design for Stanley street integrates the landing of the bridge with the existing route to Central Salford station along New Bailey Street. The design takes into account the proposed extension of the Mark Addy and the future masterplan for the surrounding area. The street balances the need to provide a high quality environment that becomes adaptable when the later phases are ready to be implemented.

Limited changes are suggested for the area adjacent to the Mark Addy to ensure that the investment is not wasted however, a bin store is provided to remove the bins from the street’s edge. The scheme is intended as a sample scheme to test the design with the intention that the style and materials could be rolled out across the area.

The road surface remains as bitmac due to the road re-alignment anticipated when the new masterplan is implemented. The changes would include the road’s re-orientation and a change in the priorities of the street.

It is intended that the area around the bridge would become a small square/ public space once phase 2 is implemented and so feature pavers are incorporated to highlight arrival from the bridge. Lighting poles and seating are also provided to act as a focus and places for people to stay.

It is intended that whilst the planters would remain in place they would be re-planted with a more appropriate display. Excess signage and obsolete signage would be removed.
http://iclipseweb.salford.gov.uk/AnitePublicDocs/06815397.pdf
 

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Fantastic.

And what part of the river on the other side does it connect to? Further towards SC station than the Lowry Bridge or ... ?
The black painted hoarding in the last image is at the end of the Mark Addy's beer terrace. The clear patch of soil is where (I believe) the bridge support will be positioned, and the actual walking deck will break through the old balustrade so you can step onto it from Stanley Street. It's then only 2 minutes to Salford Central, nearer than the Lowry bridge, but that bridge itself will only be 2 minutes away along the newly pedestrianised river bank: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=570846&page=4

This picture might put it in context:


And looking the other way, towards the Lowry, shows where the new walkway will start, behind the temporary barriers:
 

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I've done that walk from under the left bank toward central salford and those stairs below the pump house museum next to the river that rise onto bridge street are the worst I've ever used. So I welcome this bridge.
 
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