The lifting bridge across the end of the Manchester Ship Canal is as much a mobile sculpture as a piece of engineering. Its basic function is to form a pedestrian link from Trafford Park and the proposed Imperial War Museum to The Lowry theatre and arts centre.
Balance weights, cables and pulleys of the mechanism that lifts the 92m span tied arch deck are all exposed in the frames of the steel towers at each end of the bridge. They are operated by hydraulic motors driving winches concealed within each of the abutments.
Lights built into the steelwork are arranged to emphasise the unique appearance of the structure.