The recently opened Peace Bridge (June 2011), is a new walk and cycle bridge across the River Foyle, and is the city’s third river crossing. Costing over £14m to build, the bridge is designed for pedestrians and cyclists, and crosses the river from behind the Guildhall to the former Parade Ground at Ebrington Barracks – linking the Walled City to the new developments at Ebrington and St. Columb’s Park.
The Peace Bridge physically and symbolically unites both sides of the River Foyle and is conceived as two distinct structural systems that work in harmony, a pair of identical curved suspension structures, each allied to opposing banks, in a fluid “S” shaped alignment. At the middle of the river both structural systems tangibly overlap, boldly interacting to create a single unified crossing – a structural handshake across the Foyle and an embrace in the centre of the river.
Illuminated at night the Peace Bridge is fast becoming a major landmark in the city and is constructed in such a way that it allows leisure craft to pass safely below it at high tide.
The bridge will be seen to regenerate the river for leisure use and facilitate the greenways on both sides of the Foyle.
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