Charter Street Footbridge officially opened by City Mayor

Danaher & Walsh's Charter Street Footbridge has been officially opened by Leicester's City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

The new five metre wide footbridge over the Grand Union Canal was constructed by Danaher & Walsh for Leicester City Council, and now links Abbey Park to the Belgrave Gate area of the city and the Leicester Arena. 

The bridge's construction forms part of Sir Peter Soulsby's Connecting Leicester programme, which aims to create links between disparate parts of Leicester's city centre by building public open spaces and safe pedestrian and cycle routes.

Danaher & Walsh was appointed on a design & construct basis via the Maintenance of Highways Structures Term Contract. Early Contractor Involvement has taken place over a two year period in order to help successfully develop a scheme that delivers a bridge that suits the needs of all stakeholders.

The scheme presents a number of technical challenges, including allowing clearance for waterborne craft and the proximity of the bridge to the existing sports arena. Working with design partners Wm Saunders Partnership, an innovative steel bridge using a Pratt truss design has been developed.

The opening of the bridge was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by representatives of Leicester City Council, Leicester Riders, Danaher & Walsh and Wm Saunders Partnership.

Charter Street Footbridge, Leicester, being officially opened by City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby

Leicester's City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby cuts a ribbon to officially open Charter Street Footbridge

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby crosses the new bridge with Leicester Riders BBL & WBBL stars Harrison Gamble, Kate Oliver and Erin McGarrachan