Harlech Castle Footbridge
Mott MacDonald and David Dexter Associates
Harlech, Wales, UK
R.L. Davies and Son Llys
Harlech Castle is one of the finest surviving 13th century castles in Britain. This new pedestrian crossing opened in 2015, allowing visitors to follow the path of the original draw-bridge and providing impressive views of Snowdonia National Park.
The structure was finished with a timber deck and handrail, for which Forestry Stewardship Council certified Ekki hardwood was selected. The foundation arrangement exploited archaeologically sterile rock outcrops, preserving the original material of the castle and surrounds for future generations.
This lightweight steel structure impressed the judges by transforming the approach to Harlech Castle. Adapted to its location, the bridge design minimised the impact on this historically important location.