Construction of new pedestrian bridge in Cardiff to begin next month
Work on a new pedestrian bridge linking Cardiff’s retail centre with a new 80,000 sq. ft. office scheme (Capital Quarter) is due to begin construction in January 2014. The £2.5m bridge will be situated close to John Lewis and will cross over the Great Western Mainline in order to link with the Capital Quarter scheme which is being constructed by JR Smart.
The bridge has been designed by Arup, a London based engineering specialist, and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014. In order to avoid disruption to the busy Cardiff-Paddington line, which the bridge has to cross, the walkway is a complex feat of engineering, consisting of curved ramps & staircases on each side and a four metre steel walkway; in total the bridge will span 40 metres across the railway line.
Funding Cardiff’s new walkway
The complex engineering project is expected to cost around £2.5 million, with £650,000 coming directly from the Welsh Government. The rest of the money will be raised as part of a deal between the Welsh Government and JR Smart. Earlier in 2013, JR Smart sold off the Capital Quarter scheme to the Welsh Government in return for £15m, with JR Smart committed to developing 75,000 sq. ft. of office space once the Capital Quarter project has been completed.
Speaking about the new pedestrian bridge, Edwina Hart, Economy Minister said:
“I am pleased that work is set to start next month on this important piece of infrastructure within the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone. This bridge will provide access to the offices in the Capital Quarter, which is a key part of the enterprise zone. Our support for this project demonstrates our commitment to ensure a thriving enterprise zone for the capital city”.
Following these remarks, John Smart, chairman of JR Smart said:
“We believe that Capital Quarter is a fantastic city centre office site and we are committed to providing modern Grade A office buildings which will prove attractive to both small and large businesses. The delivery of the new footbridge is absolutely fundamental in delivering our vision. We have worked very closely with the Welsh Government, Cardiff City Council and Network Rail to provide the new footbridge. It has been a real partnership approach as all parties see the enormous benefit that the project will create”.
The construction of a new pedestrian bridge is just the latest in a series of fresh developments under construction across Cardiff. Cardiff Council has recently announced the creation of a new riverfront community and a ‘gateway to Wales’ development, while in Cardiff Bay, a new state of the art campus is scheduled for summer 2015, and smart, luxury flats are being developed around Cardiff Bay’s International Sports Village.
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