The 40-ton Sofiero Footbridge was lifted into place yesterday. Located over a lush rhododendron-filled ravine in the popular park of Sofiero Castle near Helsingborg, the slender 57-m curved steel bridge will give visitors an enhanced experience of the beautiful park when it opens to the public this spring.
The Sofiero Footbridge – aka Sofia’s Bridge – is a light and almost transparent curved steel construction, elegantly floating above a lush ravine. The bridge has taken its S-shape from the winding pathways in the romantic park, making the crossing into a delightful event with shifting perspectives of the lush surroundings.
With the design, our aim was to create a bridge that could be constructed with minimal impact on the vegetation in the ravine below. A bridge that could be fabricated off-site in two or three sections, assembled on location and lifted into place by mobile cranes, dropped down as a structurally self-contained element delivering a vertical load only at the abutments. Schlaich Bergerman Partner was our structural engineers for the project.
As you can see in the spectacular video above, the contractor, Bladt Industries, took great care in not harming the surrounding trees and vegetation when they installed the bridge in yesterday’s winter wonderland. The bridge will open to the public on April 14.