In 2000, Lleida City Council organized an open competition for a new pedestrian bridge. Pedelta teamed up in this competition with Arch. R. Domènech. The pedestrian bridge outstands with sober lines, landscape architectural features and delicate details. It is meant to mark the doorway into The Campus and achieves a double function: communication and public space.
The best balance of aesthetics, cost and performance in service (vibrations) has been reached through the selection of a four spans 36.3+49.0+44.3+33.0 m = 164.00 m long embedded into three slender piers of reinforced concrete. Abutments are integrated into either existing or new walls, defining a continuity with the built environment of the city. In this way, an integral bridge (without joints at piers) is obtained, in which the deck is fixed elastically and an elegant and slender structure is achieved. Translucent composite materials (GFRP) have been used in the form of structural floor panels and wall panels for both the railing and the flooring. This high performance structural material requires little maintenance, is lightweight and self-finished, and has been designed to allow backlighting.
The structure is designed with double composite action. The steel box girder was assembled using temporary supports.
Sobrino J.A.; Light and Durable Steel-GFRP Pedestrian Bridges. Proceedings of the IABSE Symposium Taller, Longer, Lighter. London, September, 2011.