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Faery Footbridge, Dunblane
Allan Water, Haining, Dunblane, Stirling, Scotland, UK
Faery Footbridge, Dunblane
associated engineer
Considere
Leitch & Sharpe
date  1911, 1974
era  Modern  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NN778016
ICE reference number  HEW 2615
photo  © and licensed for reuse under this
This footbridge over the Allan Water connects west Dunblane with the green space of Laighhills Park. Known locally as the Faery Brig, it is an elegant example of an early 20th century ferro-concrete arch and it remains in use today.
The slender footbridge is of the stiffened arch type. It was a daring design for its time and is notable for having been designed and constructed by Considere (founded 1906), early pioneers of reinforced concrete in this country — known then as ‘ferro-concrete’.
Considere’s efforts here may have influenced the eminent Swiss engineer Robert Maillart (1872-1940) in his very similar design for the Winterthur Footbridge at Toss in Switzerland, which was completed in 1934.
Considere's single slender, concrete slab arch spans 28.35m, with a rise of 3.6m. Concrete cross-walls support the concrete slab deck, which is 1.2m wide. Iron railings mounted on edge beams flank the walkway.
A plaque on the handrail of the bridge records that it was restored in 1974 by consulting engineer Leitch & Sharpe (established in Glasgow 1919).
Though an early example of reinforced concrete footbridges, the Faery Bridge is not Scotland’s oldest surviving one. That honour belongs to the Saughton Park Access Bridge (NT223719) at Gorgie Road in Edinburgh — a 9.14m span Mouchel-Hennebique ferro-concrete structure erected in 1907.
Burgh surveyor (1974): B.J. McKay
Contractor (1974): James Grant & Son Ltd, Alloa
Research: ECPK
bibliography
"The development of concrete bridges in the British Isles prior to 1940"
by M.M. Chrimes, in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Structures & Buildings, 1997, 122, Nov, 499 – 500
http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk
www.considere.eu
reference sources   CEH SLB
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Faery Footbridge, Dunblane