CORA were engaged by Cedarlan to carry out the detailed design of the structure proposed for a new pedestrian bridge over the Nore River in Kilkenny. The bridge was to run under the existing road bridge and was to provide pedestrian access linking the Canal Walk and Lacken Walk/Nore Valley Walk. The original design concept, prepared by Kilgallen and Partners was further explored and optimised taking into account the original design brief, access constraints as well as fabrication and detailed design requirements.
The bridge, which rests on the abuttments of the main road bridge consists of 2 back spans and a main central span of 33.90m. The structure consists of a pair of promary glulam timber beams with glulam secondary beams supporting the timber deck. A stainless steel balustrade, capped in timber completes the structure.
The primary beams were engineers for maximum efficiency with the depth of the beams varying to reflect the forces generated.
The design and location of the splices was completed so that no visible connection could be seen in the completed structure.
The bridge was opened on October 2014.