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Sofia’s Bridge in Helsingborg: New architectural bridge project for Bladt Industries

16/03/2017

Bladt Industries can now add another exciting bridge project to the company’s CV. This time the project is a pedestrian bridge, called ‘Sofia’s Bridge’, located in the beautiful castle gardens of Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg in Sweden. The project was put out to tender by Helsingborg Arena & Scen AB.

“The doubly curved arched bridge has a span of 56.8 m, and a width of 2.6 m. It’s designed as a pure steel bridge, and its architectural shape really demonstrates steel’s many characteristics and flexibility. It has a light and airy design, which sculpturally adorns the landscape, but because it curves in two directions, it’s more complicated to build. There are many arches that have to align with a very tight tolerance, so that the railings, handrails and final look gets that prefect finish,” says Kim Bringsjord, Division Manager in Infrastructure at Bladt Industries.

Difficult hoist
Sofia’s Bridge must cross a deep ravine in the castle gardens next to Sofiero Castle and it will link two areas that a lot of people move through every day. It is believed that for over 100 years, the Swedish Royal family have wanted the bridge built.

“In addition to building a unique bridge, the project includes another exciting task. The bridge will have to be hoisted into position in complicated terrain, where it’s important that the trees are not damaged when the bridge is mounted. Once we have finished installing the bridge, the park must look as if we had never been there,” explains Søren Nielsen, Department Manager in Infrastructure at Bladt Industries.

Complicated architecture
Sofia’s Bridge is designed by DISSING+WEITLING architecture, a Danish company that is world-famous for its beautiful bridge designs. Together with COBE Architects, they also make up one half of the architect team responsible for the award-winning pedestrian bridge at the new Køge Nord Station, which Bladt Industries is currently manufacturing.

Over many years, Bladt Industries has been the main contractor on a large number of exciting bridge building projects in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In 2016, the company built a unique 336 m long bridge that now links the Panum Institute with the surrounding district in Copenhagen. In 2014, Bladt Industries finished building the technically complicated swing bridge Skansebroen in Trondheim in Norway – a pedestrian bridge that connects two port areas and which swings open several times a day to allow vessels to pass into Trondheim Port.

“At Bladt Industries, we’re proud and thrilled to have won the tender, which provides us with yet another chance to demonstrate our company’s strong competencies in building complicated steel bridges that are also architecturally beautiful. At the same time, the project fits really well with our targeted strategy on making our mark in the Swedish/Norwegian market for complicated steel structures,” says Søren Nielsen.

 Today, the company’s reference list contains 30 bridges.