Salford / Manchester
Santiago Calatrava 1995
Trinity Bridge is a small,
domestically scaled footbridge across the Irwell River in a densely built
area of central Manchester. The single walkway from the Manchester side of
the river forks in mid air on the Salford side, curving into a choice of
ramped pathways up and down the river, with a third option of steps down
to continue straight ahead. In the center of this fork is the single
41-meter pylon that supports the structure, angled dramatically towards
Salford, away from the river crossing that hangs from it.
The three-dimensional geometry
of the suspension cables, radiating from the sloping pylon to the three
suspended pathways (the straight bridge and the two curved 'on-ramps') is
ever-changing but continually pleasing as you walk across the bridge.
Simon Glynn 2003
How to visit
The bridge is near the center of
Manchester, accessible from both Manchester and Salford.
From Manchester on foot, head from
Deansgate along Bridge Street towards the west. Turn right into St Mary's
Passage, then left along the footpath by the side of Albert Bridge House
(five minutes' walk). Nearest public parking is in Gartside Street; from the
car parks head north up that street, turn right into Bridge Street, left
into St Mary's Passage, then as above.
From Salford, reach the bridge at
the end of Brown Street, a turning off the A6 (Chapel Street) just east of
Salford Central station.
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