Hull City Council

The public artwork on the bridge provides a sonic landscape in which to enjoy the riverscape.  When the bridge opening is activated a new sequence of rhythmic bells is triggered which increases in urgency and combines with a pulsing light.  This has a practical purpose in alerting pedestrians to the imminent opening rotation, and it heightens the drama of the ‘ride’.

At night, low level fluorescents integrated into the parapet posts light the profile of the bridge and bring colour and sparkle to the blackened industrial riverscape.

Located in Kingston upon Hull, east of Hull city centre, the bridge connects Hull’s Old Town Conservation Area to the undeveloped industrial landscape of the East Bank, helping to unlock the potential of the riverside and promote wider regeneration in the areas east of the city centre.  Scale Lane Staith on the West Bank has been re-landscaped with a series of stepped gardens leading to a new public square at the threshold of the bridge.  The bridge provides a walkable route connecting the Museums Quarter on the West Bank to Hull’s major attraction The Deep.

Bridge TypeSwing Bridge
Span57m, with 37m cantilever, 30m clear opening
Weight350 tonnes steel, 650 tonnes concrete
Load Closedup to 4000 people
Load Duing Openingup to 1000 people
Internal Area265sq m lettable area (restaurant use)
Opening Movement Time100 seconds (plus 30 seconds wedges/unlocking)
Rotation SpeedWest Bank – 0.15m/s, East Bank – 0.58m/s


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