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LONGEST LINK

Dubai now claims the record for the world's longest footbridge linking two buildings. At 73m the structure linking the twin Skywalk towers takes the record from Malaysia's twin Petronas Towers. The 20 storey Skywalk Towers are now joined at the 19th floor with a fully enclosed steel truss structure, 5.4m deep by 3.2m wide. It consists of 8.5m cantilever spans from each building and a 56m 'simply supported' drop-in central span. Hyder Consulting acted as structural engineer for the building owner, Union Properties, and project manager was Union Properties' subsidiary Edara.

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