Incredible time-lapse video shows Finzels Reach bridge evolution

This incredible video over five days shows how an iconic new bridge was craned into place between Castle Park and Finzels Reach.

The final piece of the jigsaw was put in last Friday, with the 91-metre curved steel bridge being transported by barge to Finzels Reach from Cattle Market Wharf.

Further works are now ongoing to stabilise and complete the bridge, and is set to be opened to members of the public in the new year.

Made from a series of unique curved steel sections topped with timber decking, culptured cladding and feature lighting, the £2.7million bridge has gathered lots of attention since it was put up last week.

 When the bridge opens in early 2017, the new thoroughfare will create a bustling new cycling and pedestrian route, completing a walkway from Temple Mead to Castle Park and the retail areas of Cabot Circus. It will help knit the Finzels Reach site back into the fabric of the city, after more than 100 years of being effectively closed off to the general public, when it was used as a sugar refinery and later a brewery.


The ferry landing stage in Castle Park has also seen a £30,000 upgrade as part of the work, which will improve access to the boats and increase ferry passenger numbers.

Gavin Bridge, Director of Cubex, the developers behind Finzels Reach, said:

“As many will have seen, there have been some eye-catching preparations for the bridge going on since the summer but the final step in the installation of the crossing itself was quite a spectacle.

“This new route is going to be a striking addition to Bristol’s landscape and will provide a much-needed link to the city centre for pedestrians and cyclists.

It’s a really exciting milestone for the new Finzels Reach city quarter and one which will benefit Bristolians, local businesses and visitors to our city for many years to come.

This is a major infrastructure project and represents a significant private-sector investment in the city and to enable us to get the bridge into place safely, a section River Avon will need to be closed for a couple of weeks.The bridge will deliver long-term benefits to the city and we hope people will bear with us during any temporary disruption.”

Author: Business Leader

See time lapse video here: