The Eden Project Footbridge

Buro Happold, Cornwall, 2012


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The Eden Project Footbridge is a new 54m long pedestrian bridge replacing a temporary scaffold bridge which forms a key part of the able and disabled visitor route around the site

The bridge is 2.5m wide to provide 2 way wheelchair access between the Core and Visitor Centre as well as a providing a viewing point across the iconic site. The bridge was built adjacent to the existing to minimise disturbance and was designed and built in just 6 months to a tight budget.
The design uses a fan of columns for a lightweight support to the deck which is envisioned as a simple thin line with the deck hidden within depth of the edge beams and supporting a minimal balustrade.

To minimise its environmental impact all concrete uses a very high proportions of GGBS and locally sourced secondary aggregate and an innovative rubber deck made from recycled car tyres.


  • Begun: Feb 2012
  • Completed: Jun 2012
  • Floor area: 167m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £210,000
  • Funding: Client finance
  • Tender date: Jan 2012
  • Procurement: NEC 3
  • Address: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG, United Kingdom

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