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Work on schedule for Rotherham Forge Island bridge

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Fabrication is currently being undertaken for a new pedestrian bridge that will be installed at Forge Island, Rotherham, providing a vital connection from the town centre to the new family-friendly leisure destination.

The 46m-long bridge is currently being fabricated by SH Structures in North Yorkshire before being installed on site in June. It will become a key element of the new landmark scheme Muse is delivering in partnership with Rotherham Council.

The bridge’s design is said to take inspiration from the world-famous Bailey Bridge; a portable, steel truss bridge designed and developed by Rotherham-born civil engineer, Donald Bailey, which was used by the military throughout Europe during the Second World War.

Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, the new steel bridge will be clad with red/brown perforated steel panelling that matches the colour of the planned Forge Island buildings and celebrates the history of the area, which originated as a steel forge in the 19th century.

Andrew Fairest, Muse Project Director, said: “It’s fantastic to see the bridge taking shape and see how a contemporary take on the pioneering Bailey Bridge design will create something quite special at Forge Island.”

Forge Island is set to open to the public in 2024.

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