Construction began in early 2017 and is scheduled for completion by late summer 2018.The future bicycle and pedestrian bridge is going to be a convincing and elegant structure. The main design concept is a simple, curved line that gives the bridge the appearance of a gracefully tensioned bow forming a natural link between two parts of the city.
The bridge was designed by an international team headed by British BuroHappold Engineering in cooperation with architects WilkinsonEyre and Urban Agency. The bridge forms a beautiful link from the urban Vester Voldgade to a new urban space by Langebrogade toward Langebro, close to the old embankment.
Realdania is creating this bridge as a gift to the city to develop recreational qualities and accessibility in the central part of Copenhagen Harbour. The bridge project is carried out in a collaboration between Realdania Byg & Byg (a Realdania subsidiary) and the City of Copenhagen. A new bicycle link by Langebro has been included in the district plan for the City of Copenhagen since 2001.
Peter Cederfeld, CEO of Realdania By & Byg, says:
‘In the jury we found that the key quality of the winning proposal is the “fluid cross-section” that lends the bridge its expressive sense of tension. The bridge defines a clear trajectory across the harbour and is undisputedly the best proposal in the competition for a bridge with a simple traffic flow between the two parts of the city it is designed to connect. It is a bridge that we feel Copenhageners have reason to be proud of.’
In the ongoing process, the project details will be further refined and modified before the final stages of planning and construction.
The bridge improves accessibility and bicycle commuting
The bridge will be part of Det Grønne Cykelrutenet (the Green Bicycle Route Network) and ‘Havneruten’ (the Harbour Route). The bridge accelerates this development in the area by improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists and by bringing the city and the harbour closer together.
The bridge occupies the same site as the original Langebro from the late 1600s until the early 1900s. That allows for a recreational, green and historical connection extending from Ørstedsparken via Vester Voldgade to the Christianshavn embankments and on to Holmen.
The bridge touches land just south of BLOX and is going to help bring life and people to the area, contributing actively to urban life in the area around this major Realdania project. Both BLOX and the bridge project lie in a natural extension of Realdania’s goal of improving quality of life through the built environment.
• June 2015: winning project from the project competition is announced.
• Second half of 2015: application processing, public hearing and district plan.
• First half of 2016: the bridge is expected to get final approval from Copenhagen’s city council.
• First half of 2017: construction begins.
• Late summer 2018: the project is scheduled to be completed and handed over.