Mizen Head Footbridge

Commendation for

Structural Heritage - 2011

Client Name

Cork County Council, Failte Ireland, Commissioners of Irish Lights


Mizen Head Footbridge is located at the south westerly tip of Ireland. It spans 50m across a dramatic sea gorge. The original structure was built in 1909. It was considered to be the longest reinforced concrete bridge of its type on completion.

The structure is a through arch that comprises of a series of arch ribs, which in turn support a pedestrian bridge deck. In 2010/11 the original structure was carefully removed and a new, replica structure in reinforced concrete was constructed. The successful completion of the project has preserved a landmark structure on the coast of Ireland for future generations to enjoy.

Judge's comment:

"The challenge was how to replace a fine 100 year old reinforced concrete footbridge in a wild and almost inaccessible position on the extreme southwest corner of Ireland. The engineers came up with an ingenious method of using the old bridge to provide temporary support to the construction of the new one."

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