Oriol Park footbridgeSanturzi, Spain
Santurzi is a coastal town in the North of Spain, located in a privileged area at the mouth of the Nervión Estuary, just 750 m downstream from the historic Bizkaia Bridge (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The footbridge will connect the attractive seafront promenade of the town with a new linear park that is located at a higher level and is separated by a railway band. The bridge will also serve as an access to the historic Oriol Palace, which has now been turned into a five-star hotel. The footbridge is a double-pylon cable-stayed structure with slightly tilted masts. When in plan view, it has an S-shape that will achieve three objectives: to adapt its geometry to the athletics facilities at its lower end; to gain total length in order to clear the difference of height between its two ends having an appropriate grade for the disabled; and to reduce the skew angle of the deck when it comes up to the park at the top landing. The pedestrian bridge is intended to be a transparent landmark for the town and to remind the sailing tradition of the area by its general layout.