Built in 1996, this pedestrian bridge over the Onyar River in Girona connects the Devesa Park with Saint Feliu Square, adjacent to an elegant gothic church. The structure is located in an urban setting: the old town of the city, which has a strong personality. As a result, we designed a sober and slender pedestrian structure; a pure minimalist solution.
The bridge’s span is 58.4 m long. The structure is of simple appearance but is also complex due in part to its great slenderness. The structural system is a frame, as the deck is embedded at both ends into the concrete abutments. The deck is 3.5 m wide and consists of a weathering steel box girder of variable height between 0.6 m (L/97) at mid-span and 1.7 m (L/34) at supports. The steel hand rail has been conceived to be part of the main structure and for this reason the bridge reaches a high slenderness.
For this footbridge, Pedelta received the Civil Engineering Mention award (2nd Prize) at the Construmat Exhibition in 2000. This bridge was also selected for the FAD Awards (1997) and Eduardo Torroja Awards (1999).
The steel girder was prefabricated in three segments. The three pieces were lifted to their final position, using two auxiliary supports, and finally welded together. Thereafter, the two concrete abutments were cast in place to complete the final structure.
Sobrino J.A; Sant Feliu footbridge in Gerona, Spain. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference Footbridges-2002 Conference, AFGC-OTUA. Paris, November 20-22, 2002.