Find Out The Story Behind The Redhayes Bridge

19th April, 2011
The Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE) is offering members of the public a unique opportunity to find out what went on behind the construction and installation of the new Redhayes Bridge.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 21 April 2011 at the Rougemont (Thistle) Hotel in Queen Street, Exeter at 6.30pm.

The 100 metre long blue footbridge was installed over the M5 near Exeter on the 13th February this year, and attracted crowds of spectators to watch as it was manoeuvred into position using the largest crane in Europe.

The bridge was designed for Devon County Council by Parsons Brinckerhoff. It features a spectacular steel arch spanning high over the M5 motorway, cable stays and an innovative parapet. The bridge is also one of the first UK bridges to be completely designed, specified and constructed using Eurocodes.

Trish Johnson, Regional Director for ICE South West, said: ?The story of the bridge?s construction, transportation, assembly and installation is a fascinating insight into modern civil engineering.

?The fact that this stunning footbridge reconnects an old public right of way that was lost when the M5 was built is a perfect example of how innovative engineering and cutting edge design can be brought together to benefit the community.?

Andy Cook, Senior Engineer at Parsons Brinkerhoff and Neil Shannon, scheme Site Agent with Carillion Civil Engineering, will give a presentation describing the need for the project, a summary of the design process and the construction of the bridge, including its installation.

If you require any further information, please contact the ICE office on 01752 895426 or email There is no requirement to book a place.