Ireland/Dublin - Samuel Beckett bridge

The Samuel Beckett Bridge is a new bridge across the Liffey river in Dublin. This particularly shaped swing/cable-stayed bridge, named after Irish author Samuel Beckett, was designed by Santiago Calatrava. Hollandia realised the bridge in close collaboration with Graham Construction Ltd., an Irish civil-engineering contractor. As such, the consortium achieved a unique landmark for Dublin.

Because of the bent shape of the pylon, which leans to the north, the bridge look like a harp (the national symbol of Ireland) on its side.

It concerns a cable-stayed bridge, which can swing in its entirety. The bridge deck is 123 metres long, 26 metres wide and rests on a single (pivoting) point. The pylon stands next to the shipping route, at approx. 28 metres from the southern quay. This gives the bridge its asymmetrical shape. The Samuel Beckett Bridge can be opened at a 90-degree angle, allowing for undisturbed maritime movements to and from the sea. This turning angle is achieved by a specially designed rotation mechanism that can be found in the central support. Hollandia designed and supplied this rotating mechanism.

Hollandia has won the 2010 Dutch National Steel Award for the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

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Client: Dublin City Council