This bridge will link the Phoenix Park to the south side of the River Liffey, providing a shorter route to the park for the village of Chapelizod and its hinterland, and creating new walking and cycling circuits from Dublin City Centre.
The bridge is a steel beam with a span width of 40m. To achieve the head height clearance at mid-span and provide easy access from the existing pathway, a double curved sickle-shaped hollow section orthotropic plate serves as the bridge deck. The compression zone of the bridge beam is extended above the bridge deck to form a partial trough section. The thick plates of the extended compression zone are stiffened by transverse ribs; the final crafted form is reminiscent of the dynamically fluid skiffs using the river below. The bridge is lit by a continuous strip of LED lights incorporated into the handrail. It is to be pre-fabricated as a single piece off-site. This commission is the result of a successful competition entry: the original scope of the works have been extended to include the adjacent landscaping and a ramp and stair access to the park above.