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McDowell & Benedetti's footbridge-with-restaurant given the thumbs-up in Hull

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McDowell & Benedetti Architects' footbridge across the River Hull in East Yorkshire has been given the go-ahead by Hull City Council.

The £4 million bridge, which incorporates a moving restaurant, is being heralded by the practice as a 'first of its kind'.

Practice partner Jonathan McDowell said: 'It's never easy to get planning, and there was some opposition to the scheme but the council was unanimous, which is excellent.

'We wanted to create a public space out of the bridge, and we have incorporated a rotating restaurant into the design. We think the bridge is unique as people can walk on and off as it moves.'

The bridge is part of a much wider £100 million regeneration of Hull, and it will link a significant development on the east bank with the city centre on the west bank.

According to the practice the bridge is yet to be fully signed off, as the scheme is yet to receive full funding, but once this is in place the firm hopes to have the project completed by the end of 2008.

by Richard Vaughan

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