VolkerStevin starts construction on the new Wear footbridge in Sunderland

Following the award of a Pre-Construction Services Agreement (PCSA) in October 2021 for the new Wear footbridge, VolkerStevin has been working in collaboration with Sunderland City Council (SCC) to undertake the design of this pivotal structure as part of the Riverside Sunderland Masterplan.

The crossing will provide access to both pedestrians and cyclists, creating improved connections between the city centre and the Sheepfolds area. CGIs for the footbridge show a simple, elegant design that will frame the Wearmouth Bridge and complement the changing cityscape on Riverside Sunderland.

The new footbridge is 10m wide, 30m high and over 250m long, comprising reinforced concrete piers, steel box girder superstructure and a precast concrete deck. Other features include steel parapets, lighting, street furniture and various architectural features. The bridge will also integrate cutting-edge technology to create engaging interactive experiences for those who cross it.

Social value commitments include a community fund to support projects that improve the cultural, heritage, educational, environmental, energy and health opportunities of local residents, as well as a commitment for local employment on the project.

“We are delighted to get started on site and to be working collaboratively with Sunderland City Council, to deliver this significant infrastructure project for the city and community. We have a great team in place who are pleased to be involved in the contribution to the economic growth of the city.”

Ian Cussons VolkerStevin operations director

Cllr Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “I think I speak for everyone connected with the city when I say how fantastic it is to see work finally get underway on this landmark project."

“The construction of the new footbridge will literally and figuratively bridge the gap between the city centre and the Sheepfolds, expanding its footprint and paving the way for more new homes, workspaces and amenities."

“Working alongside VolkerStevin on the project, it will also create jobs and opportunities for people and businesses in the area, with numerous local contractors procured to deliver it, bringing major benefits long before it’s complete.”

Cllr Graeme Miller Leader of Sunderland City Council