Thompson of Carlow, Ireland manufactured and installed the Millennium Bridge which spans the river Liffey near Dublin City centre. It is a pedestrian bridge located just over 100m upriver from the Ha’penny Bridge. The Ha’penny Bridge, also a pedestrian bridge, was 200 years old in 2016. Thompson, an Original Equipment Manufacturer, is one of the longest established steel fabricators in Ireland.
A pedestrian bridge linking Temple Bar with the north quays was first proposed in the 1980’s. With the year 2000 approaching the bridge, like many others around the world, became a millennium project. It is one of at least fourteen bridges which were built to mark the new millennium in countries such as the United Kingdom, Montenegro, Poland, the United States and Russia. The Millennium Bridge links Temple Bar on the south side of the Liffey with the north quays.
Dublin Corporation held an international competition in 1998 to design the new bridge. The competition attracted 157 entries and the chosen design was for a lightweight steel span projecting from concrete supports on the quay walls. The steel span is 41m long and 4m wide. While the central span was being manufactured at Thompson’s engineering works in Carlow the platforms on either side of the river were being built another Carlow based firm Formwork 2000+.
When the 60 tonne steel span was completed in Carlow it was transported 80km by road to Dublin. On arrival on the quays in Dublin it was lifted onto the prepared concrete supports by crane. The bridge was opened to the public on December 20th 1999.
The central span of Dublin’s Millennium Bridge took just half an hour to be lifted and fixed into position across the Liffey in the year 1999 On This Day.
Millennium Bridge (Dublin) by infomatique on 2014-05-31 12:20:24
The Millennium Bridge – Dublin by infomatique on 2008-10-05 17:35:30
Photo by muddyclay