The first small sections are being floated down the river today, with the final large section expected to be craned into place on Thursday 8 December. The 91m-long curved pedestrian and cycle bridge will connect Castle Park with Finzels Reach, a new city quarter being created on a former brewery site near the docks in Bristol. It will complete a new pedestrian and cycle route connecting Cabot Circus to Temple Meads.

The sections are being carried by barge to Finzels Reach, from Cattle Market Wharf next to Temple Meads Station, where they are currently being stored after being delivered in 20t sections from the Yorkshire-based fabricator.

Finzel Reach footbridge

The US$3.4 million bridge is made from a series of curved steel sections topped with timber decking, sculptured cladding and feature lighting. It accommodates a 7.5m height difference between the two banks.

Finzel Reach

Gavin Bridge, director of Cubex, the developer behind Finzels Reach, said: “As many will have seen, there have been some eye-catching preparations for the bridge going on since the summer but the installation of the crossing itself is going to be quite a spectacle.”

The bridge is set to open to the public in early 2017.