Ballymoney Footbridge, Ballymoney Railway Station, Co Antrim

Doran Consulting entered and won a design competition organised by Translink Structures to design a landmark replacement footbridge between the platforms at Ballymoney Railway Station. Cycle charity SUSTRANS were co-funders for this project and they required the construction of a bridge at this location to provide a connection for cyclists between the cycle lanes on either side of the town, previously split by the railway and a potentially dangerous level crossing.

The new bridge design consists of a 230m long suspended pedestrian/cycleway from the adjoining Riverside Park, over the railway, and linking to the town centre. The bridge is 3m wide with its main span supported by tension cables to an inclined steel parabolic arch high above the walkway.

As lead designer and project manager for this new bridge and Park & Ride facility, our services to the client included a feasibility study, detailed civil and structural engineering design, landscape and lighting design, tender procurement, value engineering, contract (NEC Option B) and project management and on-site resident engineer services.

To date, the structure has won the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Transport Infrastructure Award.