Ilex Urban Regeneration Company has built the Peace Bridge as part of the city’s regeneration programme. Funded by the European Union’s PEACE III programme (Shared Space initiative), the £14.667m Peace Bridge will be a living landmark and a lasting legacy.
Construction of the bridge commenced in January 2010 and was launched on June 25th 2011. The bridge measures 235 metres bank to bank and is approximately 4 metres wide, with landing points at the rear of the Guildhall and Ebrington embankment.
The Peace Bridge:
- is illuminated – a night-time city landmark
- allows leisure craft to pass safely at high tide
- gives pedestrian and cycle access from the city side to the regenerated Ebrington site and St Columb’s Park while providing greater access from the Waterside to the city centre retail and commercial core
- will help regenerate the river for leisure use and facilitate the greenways on both sides of the river
The Peace Bridge has won a string of awards including:
“Achieving Excellence Partnering Award” by the Construction Employers Federation in Ireland, “Global BIM Award 2011” by Tekla Corporation, London, “Overall Planning Award” and “Place Making Award” by the Irish Planning Institute, “International Bridge Conference Award”, Pittsburgh, USA Winner of the Arthur G Hayden Medal, Structural Steel Design Awards 2012, ICE NI Sustainability Award and Waterways Trust Renaissance Awards 2012.
It has also received an array of commendations from the business, community and construction sectors.
The contract for the design and construction was awarded to Graham of Dromore, Northern Ireland. The company brought together a high quality design and construction team comprising of Wilkinson Eyre, London (architects), Faber Maunsell, Newcastle (structural engineers) and Rowecord, Wales (steelwork fabrication).