Castleford Heritage Trust were proud to support the Castleford Footbridge project

Castleford Footbridge was officially opened on the 4th of July 2008 by Wakefield Council Leader Peter Box and TV presenter Kevin McCloud.  

The overall bridge project was funded by national and regional bodies at a cost of £4.8 million.

The aim of the bridge was to unite the north and south banks of the Castleford’s riverside community; connecting Aire Street to Mill Lane.  

Architects of the bridge, McDowell+Benedetti, were selected by local community representatives as winners of an invited competition in 2003 to design a river crossing as part of a wider waterfront regeneration masterplan.

Principal architect Renato Bendetti worked closely with the community project champions from the outset in a committed consultation process which helped to ensure the quality of the design.

The bridge was the first major bridge in the UK to be fully Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.   

Castleford Footbridge has won many awards including:

  • International Footbridge Aware 2011
  • RIBA Award 2009
  • Civic Trust Special Award for Partnership
  • ACE Award for Infrastructure
  • Waterways Renaissance Award – Community

Alison Drake from Castleford Heritage Trust said: “Since the beginning when we first chose Renato this has been a goal for the community to achieve.   It is about connecting the community with the river and riverside.  The design has fulfilled all our ambitions.”

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Photograph of the Castleford Footbridge on a bright sunny day with Queen's Mill in the background - an idyllic scene