Bridge ushers in new era for Tees Valley
A new landmark structure, known as the Infinity Bridge, which links the multi-million pound North Shore development with the thriving Teesdale area will officially open on 14 May.
The £15M footbridge is formed by two symmetrical flowing arches spanning a total 180m across the River Tees at Stockton. At its highest point it stands 40m above the river and was constructed with more than 300t of structural steel.
Innovative underfoot and handrail lighting ensure respect for the environment and create a pleasant effect for users. High quality stainless steel handrails together with bespoke designed feature lighting will illuminate the bridge at night.
The bridge will act as a major catalyst in the area’s regeneration and created significant local employment during the construction phase with three local construction firms (including steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge) involved throughout.
Tees Valley Regeneration Director, Neil Kenley, said: “Its function is not only practical but also economic and spiritual – it is a symbol of hope for the people of Stockton.”
When fully developed, North Shore will create significant job opportunities, in total 1,000 houses and over one million square feet of commercial floor space are planned.