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New hope for ‘forgotten’ bridge scheme

Regeneration leaders have asked the North West Regional Development Agency to resurrect a stalled canal bridge project

An almost-forgotten, competition-winning bridge in the New Islington area of Manchester could be resurrected.

Gollifer Langston won the Urban Splash-organised contest for a pedestrian bridge over the Rochdale Canal more than two years ago (AJ 07.06.07).

While other schemes in the area, including Urban Splash’s nearby Tutti Frutti development, continue to stall, the bridge has been put in for planning and submitted for North West Regional Development Agency funding support.

Eddie Smith, chief executive of urban regeneration company New East Manchester, said: ‘We want to sustain development, and this is a good example of the public sector stepping in when the developer could not afford it.’

Asked whether the scheme would be the same as the original competition design, Smith added: ‘We don’t chuck away good ideas.’

Urban Splash’s Richard Hattan said: ‘With the canals in place, the Gollifer Langston competition-winning bridge and proposed public realm package would allow full access for pedestrians and boats into New Islington.

‘Although the area is an active building site, and will be for a few more years to come, it is big enough for people to enjoy completed sections and we feel it is the right time to let this happen.’

The budget for the scheme or the expected cash handout is currently unknown.

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