Bracklinn Falls Footbridge (2023)

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Client: CAKE Industries
Architects: Beam Architects
Location: Loch Lommond, Scotland

Date: 2023-03-10 00:00:00 +0000 UTC
Tags: Bridge, Steel, Digital Design, Parametric Design, Geometry

Bracklinn Falls Footbridge

Bracklinn Falls bridge is situated over Keltie Water in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and one which is very inaccessible. For this reason the pre-weathered steel footbridge is to be fabricated into small segments and then bolted together on site. The structure is composed of perforated steel plate for visual lightness and integral top and bottom chords of solid plate steel. Structural action is provided by steel plate U-Frames which are formed when two prefabricated segments are bolted together. Format Engineers were engaged by fabricators and Structural Engineers CAKE to carry out a detailed and independent Category 2 check. Our work included the recreation of the structural philosophy and of complex 3d analysis models from scratch. It also included a detailed dynamic assessment and a study into the robustness of pre-weathered steel within the particular environment of the bridge.

Photos by Stuart Younger/Timelapse Scotland/Paul Saunders