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Frankfurt opens contest to renew historic pedestrian bridge

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Frankfurt am Main has launched a design competition to regenerate a disused pedestrian bridge in the east of the city

Designed by renowned German engineer Johann Wilhelm Schwedler, the 245 metre-long listed structure crosses several railway tracks and a container depot.

First opened in 1910, the Schwedlerbrücke – or Schwedler Bridge in English – originally connected the city’s East Park to an industrial district in the south but has been closed to the public since 2011.  

The competition seeks proposals for the ‘authentic restoration and rehabilitation of three historic southern spans’ and a replacement for a fourth span which was rebuilt in the 1950s.

Improved access to the iconic steel and red sandstone crossing will also be required.

According to the brief: ‘The peculiarity of the competition task is not only in the harmonious combination of historic buildings and a part of new building – which should be seen as an element of contemporary architecture – but also in addressing the structural details of the historical buildings whose condition is not yet known in detail.’

The competition language is German and the deadline for requests to participate is 12noon local time on 16 November.


How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Amt für Straßenbau und Erschließung der Stadt Frankfurt am Main
Adam-Riese-Straße 25
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: +49 561707750
Email: info@wb-schwedlerbruecke.de



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