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Buro wins Portuguese bridge competition

A joint Buro Happold/Powell-Williams bid has won the competition to design £492,000 footbridge at Aveiro in Portugal.

The €560,000 bridge will cross Aveiro’s central canal and kick start a four-year development project to transform the City – known as the ‘Venice of Portugal’ due to its canals and working boats.

30m by 5.5m main span and 50m long approach ramps will be constructed using precast, pres-stressed concrete and both main spans and ramps will be carried on cantilever piers placed immediately behind the existing canal walls.

Piers will also serve as staircases to provide multiple access points to the bridge.

4.2m clearance for waterborne traffic and positioning the ramps to achieve minimum impact on both canal and canal-side walks were key to the success of the team’s proposal, say Happold.

Work on the birgde, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is expected to start in mid 2010 and complete in mid 2011.

The Happold/Powell-Williams team has collaborated on several projects, including the ‘Ponte Della Musica’, a 200m span bridge which is currently being built over the River Tiber in Rome.

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