This little suspension footbridge at Halgavor, near Bodmin in Cornwall, was on my must-visit list.
It carries a footpath and bridleway 47m across the A30 highway, poking out shyly from between the trees on either side. Driving under it, you can see the main span but not the support towers, while from above, it is similarly difficult to find a viewpoint taking in the entire bridge. This sense of modesty is unusual for such an adventurous little structure.
Halgavor footbridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre and Flint and Neill for the Highways Agency, opening in 2001, and even at first sight is an unusual structure for that body. At this span, some form of metal truss would have been a straightforward solution, and probably with lower initial cost than what was built.
- Google maps
- Wilkinson Eyre
- New Materials for New Bridges: Halgavor Bridge, UK (Firth & Cooper, Structural Engineering International, 2002)
- Application of Safety Factors in the Design of Halgavor Bridge (Cooper, 5th CoSACNet Workshop, 2002) (includes several images of fabrication and construction)
- A Tale of Two Bridges: The Lockmeadow and Halgavor bridges (Firth, The Structural Engineer, 2002)
- New Materials for Modern Footbridges (Firth, Footbridge 2002)
- Bridges (Arcila, 2003)
- Stress Ribbon and Cable-Supported Pedestrian Bridges (Strasky, 2005)
- Cornwall's Bridge and Viaduct Heritage (Kentley, 2005)
- Footbridges (Schlaich & Baus, 2008)
- An Encyclopaedia of Britain's Bridges (McFetrich, 2010)