The construction of the £222M Crown Bridges project in Helsinki has been given the go-ahead.
Designed by Knight Architects and WSP Finland, the centrepiece of the scheme will be a 1.2km bridge over the main bay called the Kruunuvuorensilta, which will be the longest bridge in Finland when finished. It will carry pedestrians, cyclists and trams from a residential area to the city centre.
The structure of the symmetrical cable-stayed bridge with 250m-long main spans will be supported by a central 135m pylon in the shape of a tall diamond, with multi-faceted surfaces designed to catch light and shadow.
Project architect Tom Osborne said: “It is fantastic news that the City has made the decision to build this scheme. It will extend Helsinki’s excellent public-transport system, significantly reduce journey times, and create a critical link to new developments. This will be a high-quality, lasting piece of infrastructure, which will be instantly recognisable and synonymous with Helsinki. We look forward to progressing the design with WSP Finland.”
The detailed design phase will now start, with construction due to start autumn 2018. The tramway is due to open in 2025.