Project Description

The creation of this pedestrian footbridge re-established a 5km circular walking trail in the remote, popular visitor destination of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, UK. The highly efficient, lightweight structure bridge boasts a resilient, low maintenance, technical solution to withstand the harsh rural conditions that resulted in the destruction of the previous crossing.

Judge’s comments

Despite the challenges posed by the remote site that limited the size and weight of individual components, the designers have created an attractive and clever bridge that blends successfully into its picturesque surroundings. 

Equally importantly, the designers ensured material efficiency to reduce both weight and embodied carbon and crucially chose to reuse the foundations of the previous bridge. The perforated steel sides to the bridge reduce the visual impact but are also intelligently devised to minimise waste. 

Overall, the structural engineers have provided a thoughtful and thorough response to the site and its requirements.


Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Cake Engineering

Client Name

  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority


  • Callander, UK


  • BEAM Architects

Principal Contractor

  • Cake Industries

Key Contractors

  • BigCat Contracts (Installation Contractor)

    Cake Industries (Fabrication)

    Format Engineers (Independent Check)

    AECOM (Client's Technical Advisor)

Year Submitted

  • 2023

Key attributes

  • Process