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Video | Construction of Bristol's Arena Island Bridge

Timelapse footage has been released of the construction of a bridge to link Bristol’s Arena Island and the city.

Source: produced by Paul Appleby and Steve Flanagan

The 63m-long, 18m-wide bridge in the South West city has been assembled on the so-called Arena Island adjacent to the River Avon and will be moved across the water and into place over the next few weeks.

Once completed, the bridge will connect Arena Island – which will house a 12,000-capacity entertainments arena from December 2017 - to the rest of the city, as well as give access to the Bristol Enterprise Zone.

The bridge will be completed mid-February 2016 with 3.5m-wide pedestrian and bike lanes on either side.

Bristol mayor George Ferguson said: “Arena Island Bridge is the next milestone in the continued regeneration around Temple Meads, which will provide a rich mix of businesses, homes and leisure facilities, not least the long-awaited Bristol Arena with all its spin off benefits.”

The Homes and Communities Agency was given the go ahead by the government in 2013 to invest £11.3M in the bridge.

Construction of the arena – which is being designed by consultants Buro Happold and architects Populous - is due to start early next year and be completed by late 2017.

The video was produced by Paul Appleby and Steve Flanagan.

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