Scale Lane Footbridge


Scale Lane Footbridge, Hull

We engineered this opening, 50m long pedestrian bridge across the River Hull.  It forms a key element of masterplanning within the city centre by enhancing the regeneration of the River Hull and – by providing a new link – its eastern river bank.

The bridge has been conceived as a place for people to inhabit and enjoy Hull’s riverscape, not just a way across it.  Its form is sleek, sensuous and brightly coloured, and its curvaceous horizontality complements the verticality of the existing and proposed riverside architecture.

The bridge is unique in that it has been designed to open and close with up to 1000 people on it – a feature that acts as a tourist venue in Hull.  It is also unique in that the centre of rotation is at one end of the bridge, which results in large variation in wheel loads.  Both these key issues generated a wide variety of engineering challenges.

Client: Hull City Build