The Lowry Bridge was bult to provide pedestrians with easy access between The Lowry Centre on the north bank of the Manchester Ship Canal with the Imperial War Museum for the North on the south side. Also, Old Trafford football stadium is only half a mile to the east.
The Manchester Ship Canal is still navigable to shipping so a single span vertical lifting bridge was chosen The span comprises a joined pair of bowstring arches 96 metres long which are lifted by hydraulically driven winches assisted by cast steel counterweights at each of the four corner towers.
The bridge site is very exposed to the weather with the canal providing a natural corridor for the prevailing westerly winds.
- Aluminium metal spray
- Zinc phosphate high build epoxy undercoat
- MIO high build epoxy undercoat
- Polyurethane finish
Also there are coloured glass wind deflectors along each edge of the span to afford pedestrians some protection from the elements. Strip lighting not only illuminates the walkway but also reflects of the coloured glass. Additional lighting shows to good effect the profile of the arch and details of the lifting mechanisms.
View from the south bank of the canal
Diagram to indicate main loads and a simplified schematic of the lifting mechanism
View above the walkway