Tintagel Castle is one of the UK’s most important historic sites. Managed by English Heritage on behalf of the Duchy of Cornwall it draws over 200,000 visitors a year and up to 3,000 a day in the peak summer season. The new bridge reconnects the two halves of the castle allowing visitors to experience the historic approach and entrance to the castle’s inner ward. The design is relatively simple – two cantilevers which reach out from each abutment and don’t quite meet in the middle. The palette of materials is equally simple: painted mild steel for the main beams; duplex stainless steel for the cross bracing, deck trays and balustrading; Delabole slate laid on edge for the deck finish; and untreated English oak for the handrail. Architecturally the aim was to create a bridge which was resolutely contemporary in its design and fabrication, but also timeless and complimentary to its setting.
Tintagel Castle Footbridge
Ney & Partners
William Matthews Associates
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Lead architects: Laurent Ney, Matthieu Mallie, William Matthews Geotechnical Engineering: Ramboll