Tintagel Castle Footbridge (England)
William Matthews Associates 


A fruit of collaboration between the engineering firm Ney & Partners and the architecture practice William Matthews Associates, this footbridge over a 58-meter drop between cliffs recreates the structure that in the past connected the two sides of the medieval castle of Tintagel, a village in the English county of Cornwall. Two 30-meter spans almost meet at the middle. The 40-millimeter gap enables the bridge to expand and contract with changing temperature. Both cantilevers were built in Devon over a one-year period and brought to Cornwall in five-ton pieces. Assembly took just a fortnight. The project has garnered several awards and was recently shortlisted for the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize.


Foto: English Heritage Trust