New footbridge for village racegoers

A renowned firm of artistic metalworkers has called on the services of Manchester Galvanizing Ltd. to assist in the creation of a footbridge to enable easier access to a Cumbrian village.

Ulverston-based CB Arts were commissioned to design and fabricate a foot bridge to allow people to cross the River Eea, including on busy race days, without having to navigate a road bridge 50 metres upstream.

The nine-metre long forged steel structure weighs in at three tonnes and due to its complex design was galvanized as one piece.

Cathy Burrows, who oversees new projects at CB Arts, said the design was the brainchild of CB Arts Director and Founder Chris Brammall, highly regarded as one of the leading metalworkers in the UK.

She added: “We worked with the Lake District National Park Authority and Lower Allithwaite Parish Council within the constraints and requirements of the Environment Agency to bring the project to completion.

“It’s a beautiful piece, but there are some complex interlocking sections, and the hand- rail bars are hand-forged organic shapes, deliberately designed to reflect the willow trees nearby and the movement of the water.”

CB Arts has a long-standing relationship with Manchester Galvanizing Ltd. and has worked with the firm for several years.

Mark Waters, Sales Manager at Manchester Galvanizing, said: “We receive some fascinating and beautiful structures from CB Arts and the Cartmel footbridge is no exception.

“Clearly the bridge will have to withstand the elements and the test of time, and our galvanizing treatment will ensure it impresses residents and racegoers for many years to come. We’re proud to have been involved in such a prestigious project, and to know the bridge will play such a central role in the village.”

Manchester Galvanizing Ltd is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, the largest hot-dip galvanizing organisation in the UK with a history dating back over 150 years. With 14 plants strategically placed across the country, the firm offers a truly national galvanizing service.

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