Ney & Partners and William Matthew Associates create double cantilever bridge with symbolic sliver gap for Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle has been made whole again
– Kate Mavor, English Heritage

A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements at world-famous Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, UK, has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years.

Designed by Ney & Partners engineers and William Matthew Associates Architectural Practice, the bridge spans a 190-foot gorge between the 13th-century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on a jagged headland jutting into the sea.

There was once a narrow land bridge connecting the two sites, but this disappeared through erosion during the 15th or 16th centuries.

The bridge is made from two independent cantilevers. Both stretch 33m (108ft), meeting at the centre of the gorge, with a 4cm gap left to represent the "transition between the mainland and the island, the present and the past, history and legend".

Linked to the legend of King Arthur, the name Tintagel itself derives from the Cornish Din Tagell, which means "the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance" – a reference to the historic crossing point.

The castle is a popular heritage attraction, welcoming more than 250,000 visitors a year. The new footbridge will help to reduce congestion and improve accessibility, making the entire castle explorable for those unable to tackle its steps.

Positioned 57m (187ft) above sea level, the bridge is constructed from 47.5 tonnes of steel, 140m of oak, and 40,000 slate tiles that were hand-cut from a quarry just three miles from Tintagel. Members of the public were able to donate funds to help build the bridge and were each allowed to sign one of the Cornish slates that form its walkway. There was also a private donation of £2.5m (US$3m, €2.7m) from Julia and Hans Rausing towards the project – the largest such donation ever received by English Heritage.

As part of the investment, footpaths around the site have also been improved, helping to reduce the impact on the castle's archaeology and ecology.

English Heritage  Tintagel Castle  Ney & Partners  William Matthew Associates Architectural Practice  Kate Mavor 
Related stories
30 Mar 2016

Competition win: Ney & Partners to build bridge for crumbling castle linked to tales of King Arthur

03 Dec 2015

Visions unveiled for footbridge connecting mythical King Arthur castle to mainland

A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements at world-famous Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, UK, has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years. Designed by Ney & Partners engineers and William Matthew Associates Architectural Practice, the bridge spans a 190-foot gorge between the 13th-century gatehouse on the mainland and the courtyard on a
CLD,VAT,HAM
At the centre of the bridge, a 40mm gap between the ends of the two cantilevers is symbolic of transitions: between the mainland and the island, past and present, history and legend / English Heritage/Jim Holden
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7078     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7078     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Willmott Dixon
Willmott Dixon delivers the social infrastructure that people depend on in their daily lives. We partner with our customers to focus on the services they want to provide, not just the building we construct, and we are committed to achieving a higher social purpose through our work.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach
Scott Lee became president of SB Architects in 2000. Tracy Lee founded TLee Spas in 2015
"We design to connect the guest to the place, positioning people at the centre of the design"

Architect Scott Lee and spa consultant Tracey Lee on marrying the worlds of design and wellness in a series of interesting projects

Elina Grigoriou
Elina Grigoriou
"Temperature, noise level and colour affect our stress levels. As designers we should be asking ourselves, how do these things match up?"

The London-based interior designer and wellness expert hopes her new book will help readers understand how to design with wellbeing in mind

features
A bright red exterior lift takes visitors up to the hotel’s 10th floor restaurant
"We tried to take over in a friendly way"

The Standard’s first London hotel is bold, fun and full of surprising touches

The International Spy Museum is RSHP’s first cultural building in the US
Stephen Barrett (left) 
and John McElgunn (right) were both made partners at RSHP in 2016
"Leisure space – public space – is at the very root of democracy, and architecture is about democracy"

As RSHP completes its latest cultural project, we speak to two of its partners about why Richard Rogers isn’t leaving his succession to chance

The dramatic-looking Musée de la Romanité opened in June in Nîmes, France
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

features
Alexander Schwarz
"Our aim was to create a place celebrating public space and accessibility"

The opening of the James-Simon- Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island completes two decades of work for David Chipperfield Architects. The lead designer talks us through the building

The Center for Sustainable Landscapes in Pittsburgh, US
José Almiñana
"We are committed to designing evocative landscapes informed by the best environmental science"

The Andropogon principal on pushing the boundaries of landscape design for the benefit of humans and nature

cladkit product news
nea studio showcase seaweed's design potential with hand-crafted algae lamps
The seaweed lamps were inspired by Edwards Anker's ethos of incorporating local and organic materials in her designs to give them a sense of place
Lauren Heath-Jones
Nina Edwards Anker, a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of architecture and design practice nea studio, has created a new collection ...
BD Barcelona Design reveals Cristallo by the late Alessandro Mendini
Cristallo was the last design from acclaimed designer and architect Alessandro Mendini
Lauren Heath-Jones
Design Studio BD Barcelona Design has released Cristallo, a limited-edition cabinet designed by the late architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, ...
Tom Dixon Studio to relaunch iconic Pylon chair
Pylon was first designed more than 20 years ago
Lauren Heath-Jones
Originally conceived in his metal workshop in the early 90's, the Pylon chair was Dixon's attempt to create the world's ...
cladkit product news
Alusid's Sequel collection combines craftsmanship and sustainability says founder
The Sequel collection is billed as the 'most waste-efficient and sustainable' on the market
Lauren Heath-Jones
Alusid, a creator of eco-friendly surfaces, has partnered with Parkside to launch the Sequel range, the brand's first collection of ...
Mater partners with Ditzel family to create eco-friendly furniture using reclaimed plastic
The furniture uses plastic from recycled fishing nets
Lauren Heath-Jones
Mater, an ethical design brand based in Denmark, has launched a furniture collection made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean. ...
Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Crown Sports Lockers installed rain of Nebraska Oak clothes lockers with RFID Digilocks in the changing rooms
Lauren Heath-Jones
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities. The upgrade included ...
cladkit product news
ZHD'S MEW Coffee Table explores relationship between surface and structure
The MEW Coffee Table is described as an investigation into the relationship between surface and structure
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with Italian furniture design firm Sawaya & Moroni to create the Mew Coffee Table. The ...
Duravit launches Tempano shower trays
The Tempano trays feature a state-of-the-art design that combines a linear slope with a high drainage rate
Lauren Heath-Jones
Duravit, a Germany-based bathroom fixtures company, has launched Tempano, a series of easy-to-install shower trays for the home. Available in ...
Paul Kelley pushes 'technical boundaries' with modular furniture cube system
The system is designed to enable users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, where they are in complete control of the design and function of their furniture
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer Paul Kelley has created a modular magnetic cube furniture system that enables users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates
x
Email this to a friend or colleague
I am happy for Leisure Media to contact me occasionally by email and understand that I can opt out at any time.
Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public
A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements by English Heritage at Cornish tourist attraction Tintagel Castle has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years.