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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2018

Project Detail

Charter Street Footbridge, Leicester

Infrastructure Project of the Year Award 2018 Finalist

The 50 metre long, five metre wide pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Grand Union Canal is a key part of the city’s Connecting Leicester programme.

The bridge leads from outside the Leicester Riders Morningside Arena on Charter Street to the open space of Abbey Park.

Designed to be an elegant structure, seamlessly blending into its surrounding environment, the bridge was used by 47,000 pedestrians and 6,400 cyclists during the first six months after its opening.

Project Overview

The Charter Street bridge is a key part Connecting Leicester, which is removing barriers to connectivity between key areas of the city and helping create a safe and family-friendly city centre.

The bridge helps to improve access to leisure and to promote safe and sustainable transport through walking and cycling.

The bridge's proportions created a number of technical challenges during design and construction. The main superstructure was delivered to site via Abbey Park in six sections before on-site assembly took place. It was then lifted into place.

The bridge was designed to be wide enough to accommodate the huge crowds which are attracted to the park during events such as the annual bonfire.


    Entered by

    Danaher & Walsh (Civil Engineering) Ltd
    Leicester City Council

    Parties involved

    William Saunders Partnership
    CTS Bridges
    LLEP Local Growth Fund


    Contract Value



    Completion Date

    January 2018


    Scheme Location

    Charter Street
    LE1 3UD

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