Proposals for the new footbridge at Tintagel Castle have been submitted to Cornwall Council for planning approval.
The bridge is needed to reduce congestion and improve access to the castle’s mainland and island wards and has been designed to follow the path of the original crossing.
Ney and Partners with William Matthews Associates was chosen as the winning design team for the minimalist bridge in March 2016 after an international competition.
The planning application will now be subject to a number of consents and regulatory approvals, including planning permission and Scheduled Monument Consent. Ahead of submitting the planning application, English Heritage said it had conducted an extensive programme of consultation to seek views on the proposals.
The bridge will sit around 55m above sea level and consists of two independent 30m long cantilevers reaching out and almost touching in the middle.
English Heritage said the bridge had been designed to be as slight as possible to ‘reflect the historical land bridge and have the least possible impact in the landscape’.
The steel bridge is 3m wide and has been subjected to intensive wind-tunnel testing to ensure it can resist the strong north Cornwall coast winds. Handrails will be made out of oak and the deck surface from Cornish Delabole slate interspersed with a pattern of quartzite tiles, designed to reflect the quartz intrusions seen on the Tintagel cliffs.
English Heritage head of operations in Cornwall Georgia Butters said: “We are very excited that the time has now come to submit the planning application for our proposed new footbridge at Tintagel Castle.
“As well as reinstating the historic route to Tintagel Castle’s island wards, the proposed bridge would help to reduce congestion and provide a step-free route onto the island which would allow more people to enjoy their visit to the castle. The proposed bridge has been designed to be an object of beauty, sensitively balanced with the surrounding landscape.”
The bridge is part of a larger programme of landscape works, costing a total of around £4M. The programme of landscape works – which will also be considered as part of the planning application – seek to improve the footpaths around the site, working with the proposed bridge to create step-free access to the castle’s island and limit the impact of visitors on Tintagel Castle’s ‘unique’ archaeology and ecology.